We are happy to announce that The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments have come together to support organizations and individuals involved in African American art. The $650,000 was just an initial funding amount and grants will be issued bi-annually starting in the spring of 2011. Those interested in applying should contact The Pittsburgh Foundation. Read More About This Announcement
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It has just been brought to my attention that on April 28, 2009 Henry C. Porter passed. I want to offer our condolences to the Porter family and also apologize to the readers of this blog for overlooking the passing of this tremendous African American artist. Below you will find a biography of Henry C. Porter and samples of some of his work.
Henry C. Porter Bio
Henry C. Porter was born in Bishopville, SC in 1921 and lived most of his life in New York and Georgia. He entered Morgan State University on a football scholarship in 1940 and was drafted into the army while in college. Henry later resumed his education, studying painting at the Academy of Arts in Newark, NJ, and graphic design and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For the next thirty years he operated his own freelance graphic studio in New York City, winning awards and corporate contracts for his point-of-sale displays, costumes, and packaging design. At this time, Henry also embarked on a career as a fine artist, a calling to which he would devote himself to full-time after moving to Kennesaw, GA in 1980. As an artist he found acclaim for his polished figurative paintings and his highly charged abstracts on Plexiglas.
Henry Porter has had numerous gallery, institution, and museum shows that include the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, the Harriet Tubman Museum in Macon, GA., displays at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA., and exhibits at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.
Henry C. Porter will be remembered as a man who had strong convictions and who was ever looking for the next challenge.
Henry C. Porter Art
Below you will find some samples of art by the late and great Henry C. Porter. The title of these prints are Bejewled, Head Two Figures and Nerfertiti.
This Week In The African American Art Industry
Date: 04/27/2009 – 05/02/2009
Below you will find links to news that was published this week about the African American art industry and in some cases Black History and the African American experience in general. Enjoy!
1. Ernie Barnes dead at the age of 70
The death of an icon in the African American art industry. He was born in my hometown of Durham, NC and I actually use to be babysitted by one of his daughters. The African American art industry will miss him dearly. Rest in Peace Ernie Barnes: http://twurl.cc/vsr
2. York W. Bailey Museum exhibition features 14 African American artists
A stimulus art exhibit? Hey, we all need help right? It’s tough out here. Anyway, if you’re in the Pennsylvania area check it out. It will run until June: http://twurl.cc/vss
3. “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African-American Portraits” at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora
Wow, didn’t know this museum existed but I’d check out the exhibit just on the strength of the title alone. A lot of these photos were curated for the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum. The exhibit will be featured in San Francisco until June 14. If anyone gets a chance to go please email me some photos if they allow it. Seems very interesting and I wish I could go check it out: http://twurl.cc/vst
4. Free workshop on how to buy and collect African American art today in Dallas/Fort Worth
A little late to post this one now. I originally posted this as an update to all of the fans of The Black Art Depot on Facebook. It took place in the Dallas/Fort Worth area yesterday. Did anybody attend? Please provide some feedback for the rest of us: http://twurl.cc/vsu
5. African Americans in Montana (Heritage Resources)
I find it impressive that Montana would even have a page on their official site detailing African Americans that were prominent in Montana and chronicling the African American experience in Montana at all. I mean we barely make up 1% of the population in Montana: http://twurl.cc/vsw
6. Ghanian Ministry Moves To Save Marcus Garvey Guest House
Anything that has the name of the late, great Pan-African icon deserves to be mentioned: http://twurl.cc/vsx
Ernie Barnes Dies at 70
Ernie Barnes, the famous neo-mannerist artist, passed on April 27, 2009 at Cedar-Sinai Hospital at the age of 70. He died from complications from a rare blood disorder.
Ernie Barnes was best known as the official artist for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He also was the “ghost” painter for J.J. on the hit TV sitcom “Good Times”. His painting “Sugar Shack” is probably his most famous and popular print due to it being showcased during the closing credits of “Good Times” and also because it was used on Marvin Gaye’s 1976 album “I Want You”.
Ernie Barnes was one of the most succesful figurative artists of his time. His paintings featured ordinary people and athletes with elongated forms and closed eyes. They were typically painted in a manner that expressed their physical or spiritual struggles. His style has also been described as that of a neo-mannerist.
He was born in Durham, NC on July 15, 1938 and was a professional football player prior to pursuing his true passion, Art. He has been commissioned by entertainers such as Kanye West, Flip Wilson, Sylvester Stallone, Harry Belafonte and many, many more.
He was a tremendously talented artist and a true icon in the African American art industry. He will be missed.
Rest In Peace Ernie Barnes!
Twin Hicks Art on TV
Alan and Aaron Hicks were recently featured on WTTW in Chicago. In this video you can learn more about the two phenomenal twin artists, their history, and their techniques and strategies when creating art. You can also learn more about their new childrens book: Noah’s Ark which was created with their long time collaborator Robert Richardson.
Check out the video for yourself and learn more about Alan Hicks and Aaron Hicks and Twin Hicks Art!
Purchase the Twin Hicks new book online today!
We also have a lot of art by Alan and Aaron Hicks featured throughout our site. View some of their art in our Black Bibilical Heroes Art Collection.
Justin Bua will be bringing his paintings and drawings to life as he performs his one man show at ArtExpo in New York City from February 28, 2009 until March 1, 2009. The performances are scheduled to take place everyday at 2:00pm.
ArtExpo is the one of the country’s best trade shows for the fine art industry as a whole. There are always tremendous opportunities to network and to meet and discover new artists and publishers. This year the ArtExpo will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which is located at: 655 W. 34th Street – New York City, NY 10001.
Article: Black Art Collection Aims To Educate
Source: Tuscaloosa News
Author: Ashley Boyd
Link: View Article By Clicking Here
When I first pulled this article up online I was very surprised to learn that the University of Alabama was the institution that was displaying this tremendous collection of Black Art and using it as a teaching tool for students at the institution. Not being from Alabama or ever have been a student at the University of Alabama I had a lot of preconceived notions that made this article a shock to the system but also an inspiration at the same time.
Who would have thought that the University of Alabama would have an African American Art Professor by the name of Amalia Amaki, be hosting lectures featuring prominent African American Artists regularly and currently be one of the sites hosting Paul R. Jones’ Art Collection! This just goes to show the respect and reach of Black Art and one can only hope that art created by African American and other Ethnic artists would continue to garner the kind of respect, prestige and recognition that it has deserved for decades yet has been so elusive and hard to achieve.
Below you will find some photos and bios of Paul R. Jones and Amalia Amaki.
Paul R. Jones Bio
(courtesy of Wikipedia)
On June 1, 1928, Will and Ella Jones were blessed with a baby boy, Paul Raymond Jones. Jones grew up with his four sisters and caring parents in the town of Bessemer, Alabama. To the Jones family, education was the key to success, so it was decided that Paul R Jones would attend school somewhere in the North to pursue the best education possible at that time. After a trip to the World’s Fair in New York City, Ella Jones knew her son would attend school in New York.
By high school, Paul R Jones moved back home with his family. Jones used his athletic skills, self-discipline, and competitive nature to compete in track and football. Along with athleticism, Paul R Jones was an intelligent young man in high school. His intellect and athleticism landed him two separate scholarships for college.
Following high school, Paul R Jones enrolled in Alabama State University aspiring to earn a law degree. Unfortunately, because of the racial discrimination there, Jones was not encouraged to pursue a degree in law. Instead, he continued his education at Howard University, and afterwards he decided to return home again.
The first job Paul R Jones encountered at home was the position of Executive at the Interracial Committee of the Jefferson County Coordinating Council for Social Forces, allowing him to realize his political aspirations. After his first job, Jones worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service. Later, he served as a deputy director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand.
During the early 1960’s, Paul R Jones decided to purchase his first three paintings that formed the beginning of his collection. They were by artists, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, and Chagall. After collecting for a couple of years, Jones realized that African-American art was “abundant and affordable” yet hardly ever represented in the collections of museums. As the years passed, his collection of African-American art and his reputation grew. Jones’ collection has been featured at several different museums over the course of his lifetime.
Amalia Amaki Bio
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Dr. Amalia K. Amaki is currently a curator of the Paul R Jones Collection, a professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware, and an artist herself. She divides her time between Atlanta, Georgia and Newark, Delaware.
Born Linda Faye Peeks, Amalia Amaki changed her name due to her passion for writing and art at an early age. She majored in psychology and journalism at Georgia State Universityand received her B.A. in photography and art history at the University of Mexico. Dr. Amaki studied as an Emory University Foreign Study Fellowand achieved her M.A. degree in modern European and American art and a Ph.D. in Twentieth-century American art and culture from Emory University in the Institute of Liberal Arts. She is also a member of the College of Art Association,American Association of University Professors, Emory University Alumni Board of Governors,Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts,High Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts.