Buckwheat!  (full title below)

Buckwheat! (full title below)

Excuse Me! Buckwheat has not been recovered by black people as a positive representation of their reality____ 26 x 36in Oil on Canvas

All those dirty unknown fingers tryin to touch my hair

All those dirty unknown fingers tryin to touch my hair

26 x 36in Oil on Canvas

They Saw My Hair and Called Me Ignorant Before I Spoke

They Saw My Hair and Called Me Ignorant Before I Spoke

26 x 36in oil on canvas

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

26 x 36in Oil on Canvas

Thug Image (full title below)

Thug Image (full title below)

"I hate my new hairstyle because they said it gives me a thug image...what's a thug image? 26 x 36in oil on canvas

no matter what...U Gotta Love Yourself

no matter what...U Gotta Love Yourself

26 x 36in Oil on Canvas

Of or related to the poor life

Of or related to the poor life

26 x 36in Oil on Canvas

I've Been Beautiful From the Beginning1

I've Been Beautiful From the Beginning1

24 x 30in Oil on Canvas

I've Been Beautiful FromThe Beginning2

I've Been Beautiful FromThe Beginning2

26 x 36in Oil on Canvas

Woolly (full title below)

Woolly (full title below)

Good hair is anything that's not crazy-ass woolly lookin like some pickaninny out of the bush. 26 x 36in Oil on Canvas

Ebony Majesty

Ebony Majesty

24 x 36in oil on canvas Lettering Reads... "It is big and round like the sun and glows like the moon. It's tall and strong like a mountain. It curls and curls and twists and turns like a dancing ballerina, or a tropical fish in a coral reel water. When I see it it make me proud proud proud. Ebony Majesty wear your crown. Ebony Majesty wear your crown. ~Angie Redmond Artist

Crown and Glory

Crown and Glory

26 x 36in Oil on Canvas

Miss Celie Braids (full title below)

Miss Celie Braids (full title below)

Wear your Miss Celie braids...They're yours! 24 x 30in Oil on Canvas

I dont have an attitude.  I just dont need your approval

I dont have an attitude. I just dont need your approval

24 x 30in Oil on Canvas

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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.

no matter what...U Gotta Love Yourself

26 x 36in Oil on Canvas