Sterling, Galen, Ato (Top to Bottom, all 2014)
Black men are my brothers, father, family, friends, and colleagues. Black men are more than the hyper-sexualized and violent individuals portrayed by society. In this body of work, I seek to explore the vulnerability, power, and humanity of black masculinity. I want the viewer to become directly involved in the observed domestic environment of the subject. I do this by painting each man in an intimate relationship to his environment. The portraits reflect the variation within their spaces as an extension of the subject’s character, and so, I urge the audience to connect to the uniqueness of an individual instead of a social idea. Each subject has a mood, essence, and experience.
I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH THIS PERSON AND I AM SO GLAD I RECOGNIZE THEIR ART ANYWHERE