Excuse Me! Buckwheat has not been recovered by black people as a positive representation of reality

Excuse Me! Buckwheat has not been recovered by black people as a positive representation of reality

Oil on Canvas 26 x 36 in 2009

All those dirty unknown fingers tryin to touch my hair

All those dirty unknown fingers tryin to touch my hair

Oil on Canvas 26 x 36 in 2009

They Saw My Hair and Called Me Ignorant Before I Spoke

They Saw My Hair and Called Me Ignorant Before I Spoke

Oil on Canvas 26 x 36 in 2009

Good hair means curls and waves.  Bad hair means you look like a slave

Good hair means curls and waves. Bad hair means you look like a slave

Oil on Canvas 26 x 36 in 2009

I hate my new hairstyle because they said it gives me a thug image...what's a thug image?

I hate my new hairstyle because they said it gives me a thug image...what's a thug image?

Oil on Canvas 26 x 36 in 2009

no matter what...U Gotta Love Yourself

no matter what...U Gotta Love Yourself

Oil on Canvas 26 x 36 in 2009

I've Been Beautiful From the Beginning1

I've Been Beautiful From the Beginning1

Oil on Canvas 24 x 30 in 2009

I've Been Beautiful FromThe Beginning2

I've Been Beautiful FromThe Beginning2

Oil on Canvas 24 x 30 in 2009

Good hair is anything that's not crazy-ass woolly lookin like some pickaninny out of the bush.

Good hair is anything that's not crazy-ass woolly lookin like some pickaninny out of the bush.

Oil on Canvas 26 x 36 in 2009

Crown and Glory

Crown and Glory

Oil on Canvas 26 x 36 in 2009

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     Crown and Glory is a series of oil paintings focusing on the negativity often associated with natural African American hair. 

 

     Within the article Why Don’t He Like My Hair: Constructing African Americans Standards of Beauty, Bertram D. Ashe commented on the relationships between African Americans and society by stating, “African Americans, with traditional African features, have always had an uneasy coexistence with the European ideal of beauty.” These European ideals of beauty include having light skin and long straight hair. These are features that the majority of the Black race does not have.

 

         Having natural hair myself, I has faced a lot of ridicule and negative views towards my coils.  Drawing from those experiences I create paintings and drawings to celebrate natural hair for its unique distinctiveness and beauty. 

 

     Elaborating on this topic, I created a series of oil paintings entitled, “Crown and Glory.” This series is about a celebration of natural African American hair. I painted the portraits of several individuals from different angles, focusing on their hair. Within the hair, I added words like nappy and ignorant to symbolize the negativity often added to Black hair in society and the media. I wanted to portray the concept of celebrating natural hair for its distinctiveness, as well as challenge original views placed on a race due to their hair.