What I am Looking at: Joyce Owens
I first came to know Joyce’s work about a decade ago and then again recently when she sat on a panel discussion about southside artists – [ The Invisible Artist – Creators from Chicago’s Southside ]
For me these paintings make plain the strength of the Human Spirit – in there ambition and worry. I have always loved the portrait.
Out of the Box Series
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“These paintings are dramatic renditions of the black middle class men and women shown in photographs during the Paris Exposition in 1900… There is a depth to our African American ancestry that we need to be able to build on; the wooden box is a symbol that can both hold the truth and tell the truth.”
– Joyce Owens