Meet the artists behind the Black Art Matters: 2017 Exhibition Series
Caroline’s interest in art began when she was ten years old during a contest to design her elementary school’s logo. She studied under the late renowned artist, Manon Cleary. Caroline’s media of choice are oil, acrylic, and graphite. Her style is mainly realism representing varying subjects as well as some abstracts. Her exploration and interest in different techniques and media continue to grow through the development of her own work as well as that of the children she teaches.
Caroline has never exhibited, yet she has been commissioned by patrons around the country, including a large collection housed by a Shepherd Park, DC resident.
Imar Hutchins is a self-taught artist based in Washington, DC. He works primarily in collage, mixed media and printmaking. Imar's portraits combine vintage black magazines, hate mail, and other historical documents as well as found objects, tissue paper and new materials. He imagines that people themselves are collages---amalgams of countless disparate fragments and inputs. He "remixes" his subjects in new and often Afro-futuristic ways, but always drawing from (or challenging) a historical notion.
“I've been lucky to have been exposed to a little bit of everything. To life in the streets, to life as most aspire to live. This has shaped me into the person I am today and given me the ability to navigate through just about any situation.
I've always been drawn to street art. It's creative and disruptive, very similar to the most effective art or communication in any medium. My work has evolved by combining fine art and street art into one. This reflects my life.”
I choose to paint black people living their everyday lives as an urgent need to communicate that we are human. I paint positive images of black people because of the desperate need to see and self-identify with good. I create and promote images that communicate that black people have value. I combat tokenism and stereotypical tropes that flood our visual culture. It’s my peaceful battle against the idea that only one culture is the standard or pinnacle for all others to aspire to reach out of the many different ethnicities and cultures on the earth. All people no matter the ethnicity contribute tremendously to the richness of the human experience.
Los Angeles, California
Artist and graphic designer Wanda Knight has produced a wide-ranging collection of work during her thirty-year career. Working in mediums that include watercolors, oils, pastels, charcoal, sculpture and collage, she has attracted the attention of patrons and admirers of African-American art and the art community at large. In recent years, she has focused on a medium she calls “afro-collage”. Using collected materials, she creates African and Black urban motifs on canvas. The works show dimensional depth and a clever re-imagining of items such as leather, wood, cloth, metal and jewelry pieces. The tactile nature of her pieces, Wanda says, “forces people to really examine my art and its message.”
Meet the Gallerist
At P Street Gallerie we are interested in the transformative nature of art. We believe art of all genres can begin, continue or change a dialogue. When we make room for Black Artists in our institutes, museums and galleries, we allow their stories to be told. When we experience the work of Black Artists; whether narrative, figurative or abstract, we have an opportunity to broaden the dialogue and dispel the caricature; we have the opportunity to challenge our own ideas of what “black” art is and who black artists are. The BAM exhibit at P Street Gallerie is an effort to continue and broaden the discussion around black lives matter. Simply put, Black art matters because Black Lives Matter…!