Black Artists Recreate the American Flag In Art

A handful of black artists have chosen to explore this fascinating dichotomy, appropriating its image to create works that challenge viewers’ perceptions and beliefs.       “African-American Flag” by David Hammons Transforming the American flag with red, black and green – colours that represent blood, black skin and African forestry – David Hammons examines the nation’s always-contentious racial… Continue reading Black Artists Recreate the American Flag In Art

Maya Angelou & Jean-Michel Basquiet: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All]

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All   Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All (1993) is a short poem written by Maya Angelou and illustrated by paintings of 1980’s artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. It is a short, simple but resonant book which blends Maya’s defiant and proud poetry with the raw, simple but lively and raucous child-like… Continue reading Maya Angelou & Jean-Michel Basquiet: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All]

From Jean-Michel Basquiat to Gil Scott-Heron, Addiction & The Artistic Mind

  Ever since Gil Scott-Heron passed away I’ve been thinking a lot about addiction and the role it plays in the lives of creative people. In Gil Scott-Heron’s case it was crack that was his vice and pulled him from public view for the better part of a decade, but he was not alone in… Continue reading From Jean-Michel Basquiat to Gil Scott-Heron, Addiction & The Artistic Mind