Friday, October 16, 2015

DAILY/WEEKLY PAINTING #5

Hair as a crown.

In a previous post, I wrote about my childhood afro-envy. Because hair adorns one's, head
 it can be likened to a crown. Personally, I see hair as an outward extension of one's consciousness,  
one's inner personality and not just a fashion statement, although it can be

The sixties were a perfect example. Long haired hippies made a statement about how 

they were different than their parents' generation and about their desires to be free from 
social norms and constrictions.


Similarly, in the 60's, the afro became a statement for African-Americans about being comfortable with themselves, defining their own values and replacing the conk
Similarly, in the 60's, the afro became a statement for African-Americans about being comfortable with themselves, defining their own values and replacing the conk

and other previous straightened hair styles with their natural hair texture. Even James Brown stopped straightening his hair and proclaimed - "Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud.
And of course there were the the Black Panthers.  

Finally, this week's piece was inspired by these two women:
Angela Davis

& Kathleen Cleaver

Afro Psyche #1 is 6x9" (slightly larger than my usual 6x6" pieces) mixed media on 1/2" plywood.
Again, I'll be sending out updates every week, hopefully on Friday but if not before the weekend is over. If you know of anyone interested please send them this way. 
Lastly, Selina and I had a blast last week at The NAIBA Conference where we accepted the Carla Cohen Free Speech Award for The Case for Loving. Here's a very blurry photo of us giving our acceptance speech.
Best,
Sean



2 comments:

Jessica Moye said...

Hi Mr. Qualls, I just wanted to say thank you for this piece. I have been drawn more and more closely to art forms that many would consider 'afrocentric'. This work in particular exemplifies the pride I've taken in learning to love and nurture my own crown of hair. I would like to display this somewhere in my home, but I was thinking of a much larger size than your original. Perhaps you could recreate it for me or I could purchase a copyright release from you to print and frame it. Thanks again. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sean Qualls said...

Hi Jessica,

I'm so happy to hear that it has so much meaning to you. It is available as a larger print on canvas here
https://society6.com/product/afro-psyche-ni7_stretched-canvas#s6-8004048p16a6v28

If that size still is not large enough for you we can work on something else.

All best,

Sean