Black Artists, Black Art | June

Mickalane Thomas, Carivel Centered 2014

New York based artist Mickalene Thomas explores beauty through intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and femininity. Through the use of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel, Mickalene’s contemporary American artwork are constructions of complex portraits informed by the ways women are represented in art and popular culture. @mickalenethomas

Deborah Roberts, That’s Not Ladylike No.2

Deborah Roberts is a mixed media artist whose work challenges the notion of ideal beauty. Challenging stereotypes and myths, she encourages the viewer to wade through multiple layers, double meanings, and symbols.  @rdeborah191

Asuka Anastacia Ogawa, Cramps 2019

Emerging artist Asuka Anastacia Ogawa’s figurative paintings with intentionally androgynous characters suggest multiple narratives allowing the viewer to lend their own interpretation and meaning. #asukaanastaciaogawa

Genesis Tremaine, Only God Can Promise 2019

Genesis Tremaine takes inspiration from biblical hymns and graffiti art to create her near abstract portraiture of Black subjects. Heavily influenced by her religious upbringing, Tremaine aims to capture the spiritual essence of her Black subjects.@genesistremaine

About the author

Miller is a visual artist, writer and social justice activist. She works at The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects and lives in Jackson, MS.

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