Black Artists, Black Art | Celebrating Black Women Painters

As we celebrate 5 (five) years of working alongside Black girls and women, creating change for individuals and communities, we also want to celebrate Black women painters. Here are a few we are excited to share with you.

Gwendolyn Knight moved to New York in the 1930s, joining the Post-Harlem Renaissance Movement. Her paintings depict the life, culture, and history of African Americans.

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Emma Amos, was a postmodernist Black woman artist who faced challenges in the male dominant art scene. Despite this, Amos created large-scale figurative, feminist, and deconstructive works of art through painting, print making, and African textiles that challenged racism and sexism.

Black Dog Blues

Suzanne Jackson is a multi-faceted artist. In 1968, she opened Gallery 32 in LA to host and feature emerging Black artists. She believed that art could be a vehicle for community activism and social change. One of the gallery’s most important shows. The Sapphire Show, was in 1970. The show was the first in LA to survey Black women artists.

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Wangechi Mutu combines magazine imagery, found materials, and painted surfaces to represent cultural trauma, self-image, gender constructs, and environmental destruction. She says, “Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.” Her work engages in storytelling from her unique perspective.

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Nina Chanel Abney’s abstract, figurative, and turbulent works address themes of race, celebrity, religion, politics, sex, and art history through disjointed narratives. She combines bright color and unapologetic scale to depict everyday life “funneled through the velocity of the internet.”

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