Monday, October 31, 2011

Ancestral Spirits on Halloween

by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
African Art, original watercolor
This original charcoal drawing with watercolor was created from studying original African art artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This particular mask painted in earth tones depicts a specific individual and was from the Kimano Village in the Congo region of Africa. The tribal wall art has a wonderful abstract quality giving it modern sophistication. Dominant colors in this ethnic artwork are Indian red, coffee brown, tan and cerulean blue. The watercolor was given an additional texture to add to the visual appeal.

I made seven new drawings from the African Art collection during this visit and painted them with watercolors later in my studio. These abstract interpretations would look great in your house and would complement your modern global home decor.

African masks are considered amongst the finest creations in the art world and are highly sought after by art collectors. Masking ceremonies in Africa have great cultural and traditional significance. Latest developments and understanding of aesthetic principles, religious and ceremonial values, have brought about a greater insight into the ideas and moral values that African artists express in their art.

Detail from Tribal Art