Roosevelt Watson III
The African American experience is one that is continuously marginalized within the fabric of dominant American society. Though black contributions are wide reaching, there is still a weary union and limited exposure to or adoration of their specific achievements. Even in my own backyard, born and raised in Jacksonville, tales of forbidden areas were passed down from generation to generation, but not the accomplishments of elders. The introduction of the Johnson Brothers fed my vision to want to create a composition of my own. An Artistic visualization of an Anthem if you will, that could be saluted and sung. The painting is directly influenced from a color study of Jacob Lawrence’s work from The Toussaint Series. This is my homage to the strength, confidence, and persistence of the slaughtered.
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