African American Figurative Art

African Americans have a deep-rooted history in the United States, from the tragedy of slavery to the obtaining equal rights. African American artwork brings the struggles, the victories, and the day to day life of African Americans both present day and over the past two hundred years. From happiness to despair, all emotions can be found in African American paintings.

The beginning of African Americans’ history in America was slavery. Pieces like “Soul’s Flight” and “Soul’s Awakening” bring to light the plight African Americans suffered to become free. They inspire a sense of hope through bright colors. The patterns on the dresses depict old slave quilts, which were patterns to direct escaping slaves to the North. Paired with the flying birds in the background, these African American sketches scream freedom and a sense of liberation.
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African American Figurative Prints

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Grandma and Me
Gregory Myrick
Fine-Art Print
16" x 20"
$17.99
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Enchanting Keys
Monica Stewart
Fine-Art Print
30" x 27"
$77.99
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Reflections of a King
A.C. Smith
Fine-Art Print
18" x 24"
$53.99
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Kindred Souls
Corey Barksdale
Fine-Art Print
17" x 13"
$19.99
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Sit In
Gil Mayers
Fine-Art Print
18" x 24"
$25.99
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Brown vs. Board of Ed
Gil Mayers
Fine-Art Print
18" x 24"
$25.99
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Beauty of Color
Tim Ashkar
Fine-Art Print
28" x 25"
$32.99
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Fun in the Sun VIII
Alfred Gockel
Fine-Art Print
10" x 10"
$13.99
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Bebop
Keith Mallett
Fine-Art Print
11" x 14"
$28.99
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Madonna and Child
Tim Ashkar
Fine-Art Print
14" x 19"
$19.99
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Grandma and Me
Gregory Myrick
Fine-Art Print
22" x 28"
$29.99
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Playing Checkers
Harry Roseland
Fine-Art Print
20" x 16"
$18.99
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Growing Passion
Laurie Cooper
Fine-Art Print
23" x 27"
$48.99
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This Too Shall Pass
Henry Lee Battle
Fine-Art Print
36" x 24"
$125.99
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Sunday Best
Gregory Myrick
Fine-Art Print
20" x 16"
$18.99
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The Migration Series, No. 58, 1941
Jacob Lawrence
Fine-Art Print
24" x 18"
$38.99
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Swing
Keith Mallett
Fine-Art Print
11" x 14"
$28.99
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Anticipation
Unknown
Fine-Art Print
20" x 16"
$18.99
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Beauty of Love I
Carol Robinson
Fine-Art Print
20" x 20"
$25.99
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Migration
Unknown
Fine-Art Print
20" x 16"
$18.99
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Sunday Conversation
Lonnie Ollivierre
Fine-Art Print
22" x 28"
$33.99
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Time Well Spent
Henry Lee Battle
Fine-Art Print
36" x 24"
$125.99
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Going To Church
Dane Tilghman
Fine-Art Print
16" x 20"
$17.99
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Portrait of a Negress
P.h. Benoist
Fine-Art Print
18" x 24"
$25.99
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Artists like Steven Johnson and Keith Mallett move into the later influences that African Americans brought to the United States. Slick Jazz musicians are seen in the pieces “Bebop” and “Reflections”. Both African American paintings bring life to any space. They sing off the walls and play with beautiful shapes and contouring to put jazz music onto canvas.

Later pieces like “DJ Love” and “Girl in Pink” by Adam Perez bring casual hip hop culture to life. The bold colors and unique look of the paintings illustrates the modern view of hip-hop culture. From clubs to basketball courts, these paintings pop with real life situations expressed in a completely unique way.
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