Self-taught Nigerian Ibibio painter Ekong Emmanuel Ekefrey was born in Ndiya, Nigeria, in 1952, and currently resides in the former capital city of Lagos.
His paintings explore a range of diverse themes from facets of Ibibio culture from traditional ceremonies and values, to music, Ibibio art and sculpture, and scenes of every day life.
The most striking characteristic of Ekefrey’s paintings is the « all-over » technique; paint is applied on the canvas stretched on the floor and it produces an effect of cutting up and interpenetration of each figure, creating movement. There is a profusion of shapes, lines, colors that convey a great dynamic. The viewer’s eyes are driven from a point to the other and this eye movement gives the impression of penetrating the painting.
Afro Samurai big doings.
Agana. Cuba, Mace. Ex-Vandals.
Duboce @Valencia Street in San Francisco, Ca.
Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett…
In a career spanning more than 70 years, Elizabeth Catlett has created sculptures that celebrate the heroic strength and endurance of African-American and Mexican working-class women. With simple, clear shapes she evokes both the physical and spiritual essence of her subjects. Her hardy laborers and nurturing mothers radiate both power and a timeless dignity and calm. Whether working in wood, stone, bronze, or clay, Catlett reveals an extraordinary technical virtuosity, a natural ability to meld her curving female forms with the grain, whorls, color, or luster of her chosen medium. The beauty of her subjects is matched by the beauty she reveals in her sculptural materials.
Elizabeth Catlett working in Mexico City, c. 1947
Space Paladin and limited color version for the woman warriors zine Abby, Julia, and Roxie are putting together for MoCCA. From the work I’ve seen for it, looks like the zine’s gonna be bonkers. Might do a limited print run of that top one. Inspired by Andrea’s space babes and Sailor Moon backgrounds.