The works of art created by the artists featured in Celebrating the Figure are strikingly different from each other in several ways. Each artist has his or her own style, medium, and palette. Mychael Shane is a scratchboard artist who uses a multiplicity of lines to create stark black and white images. Zeina Carla Washington is a mixed-media artist whose paintings are created with vibrant colors. Illustration artist, Denemours L. Lockeet, uses pencils to create stunning, detailed works often in black, white, and blue, as well as in warm, muted colors. Although each artist is unique in his or her approach to creating art, they also have something in common: their penchant for creating figurative art. Moreover, their objectives are obviously the same—to present people, especially African Americans, with beauty, dignity and pride.
This exhibition was organized as part of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Contemporary Artist Program.