The late, renowned, self-taught artists honored in this important exhibition created stirring artworks with a variety of media. Leroy Almon imbued his carvings with devout faith; Sam Doyle painted Gullah history on cast-off roofing tin; Roy Ferdinand illustrated graphic urban tableaux on posterboard; Clementine Hunter rendered rich biographical paintings in oil; Sister Gertrude Morgan painted inspired testaments on recycled paper; Nellie Mae Rowe added delightful titles to her color-filled works; Herbert Singleton carved socio-politically themed wood bas reliefs; and the indomitable Purvis Young artfully renewed his neighborhood.Â The absence of formal training and lack of funds did not stifle our honoreesâ€™ creative spirits or diminish their commitments to their communities. The originality and intensity of their artworks vividly establishes their indelible contributions to American art.
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CAÂ 90037
hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10-5 Sunday 11-5
image credit - Sam Doyle, 'No More' (detail) collection Gordon W Bailey.
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