Friday, February 10, 2012

Artistic Achievements of African Artisans Inspired Modern Art

A Colorful Black History Month
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Africa Art: Rain King, 20x20" watercolor on canvas
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Detail of Tribal Artwork
I recently had the privilege of visiting an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art "Heroic Africans" which highlighted artistic achievements of African artisans. I spent time in the galleries sketching original artifacts. From these sketches I created a series of artworks.

This particular artwork draws inspiration from a sculpture of a king. This beard is braided and the sculpture may have contained his actual hair.

Scanned details of African Painting
Title: Rain King
inspiration: African Hero Series at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Size: 20x20" Watercolor on CANVAS
Media: archival watercolor technique with varnish, allows this art to be displayed without a frame.
Purchase: click here->African Art

Interior Design by Libby Cameron, photo credit Jonny Valiant, artwork by Miriam Schulman
In a room decorated Sister Parish protégée Libby Cameron combines chocolate browns, silvery grays, acid yellow and a touch of turquoise. This designer knows that a room shouldn't be too perfect -- it should always hold a surprise or two. African art adds the perfect touch that complements the colors and adds global flair.

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