April Wilson Harrison is a self-taught artist that was born in and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina. This talented folk artist is known for her unique style that features a combination of acrylics, pencils, collage, powders, and watercolors. April Wilson Harrison seems to have an innate ability to incorporate other objects such as specialty papers, old discarded paintings, magazine print and other treasures that could have been found in remote areas of the world or nearby in the street into stunning masterpieces.
These works of art have earned April Harrison placements in the public collections of Vanderbilt University, VCU Medical Center, the Atlanta Housing Authority, the Erskine University Museum Collection and the private collections of Whoopi Goldberg, the Honorable Ruth Simmons, the Honorable Andrew Young as well as many other famous individuals and public facilities and institutions.
Her “With Eyes Closed” imagery seems to utilize her warm palette and highly textured compositions to truly capture the inner spirituality of her subjects and life’s quiet times where only the moment truly matters. April’s subject matter primary focuses on bonding, self-affirmations, inner spirituality, friendships and family.
Despite only painting since 1991, after her mother’s death, she has managed to accomplish a lot as an artist in this small amount of time. April is an active member of the following artist collectives: Exodus, Art2000 and Upstate Visual Arts. She has had her works featured in a calendar published by McDonalds, a book by Chrisena Coleman, art galleries nationwide, on the PBS TV Show named Impressions, BET’s 106 and Park, Talk Magazine, Essence Magazine, and Upscale Magazine. She has exhibited at the International Art Expo, Savacou Gallery, International Visions, Hampton University Musuem, Morris Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, Spartanburg Museum of Art, Artisan Center, Pickens County Museum of Art, Native Tongue Gallery, Erskine University Museum, and Ms. Harrison has also been fortunate enough to secure a publishing and distribution contract with a major national art publisher.
April Harrison, however, probably describes herself and her artwork best in her own words:
“I am self-taught and merely a vessel being utilized to instinctively create narrative, sentiment and observation. Why I’ve been chosen, I know not, nonetheless, I am humbled by this gift.”
“The Visions that you see before you are the result of internal communication that require expressions of acceptance, pride, adoration and dignity. In creating these images I have come to appreciate that artists have been granted diverse narratives, meaning all art is significant. Art expresses itself and when it moves the heart and awakens the spirit, it makes no distinction as to its originator.”
This is a video from 2010 of April Wilson Harrison at Avisca Art Gallery in Marietta, GA doing a joint show with Zoya Taylor.
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