Larry Richardson ~ Artist
Represented by BlackCommentator.com
For purchasing details please contact
Larry Richardson at [email protected]
Acrylic and pumice on canvas, 48"
Price: $5,000 USD
Since I returned to painting in 1995
I have wanted to express the beauty in our African heritage.
To show the diversity that the Diaspora gave us in various other
cultures in the world. I have tried to present our culture as
seen not only in the context of the pain and suffering inflicted
on us in the days of slavery but to bring forward those cultural
contributions, and legacies we left in Spain, France, Italy
and other places of the world. Truly, that is what the Diaspora
was about... the dispersion of culture.
When looking at the many histories
on art and researching many of the famous old masters, our image
is present even in medieval times. Anti-Black racism in the
modern sense was unknown in the Middle Ages; Blacks were simply
part of the human race.
In the latter Middle Ages there were
even black saints and one of the Magi was accurately shown as
black. Most literature on Black American artists is approached
as though it was a form of expression separate from the so-called
majority culture. This critical isolation in terms of art comes
from the tradition of classifying people and their culture by
race. I feel the crucial issue is the quality of work and it’s
relevance to the society in which it was created.
As an artist it is not my color that
gives me the inspiration or the capacity to produce a desired
result, but the ability to be sensitive to the various conditions
of life that face all mankind.
My first showing of some of these
paintings was called “Lost Images Found Paintings from
the Soul” reinforcing the importance of our culture in
various parts of the world.
Three shows followed after
that. One expanded on cultural isolation and the other specifically
was to present a new approach to Afro-American figurative art
merging the contemporary and the classical forms.
The objective of my vision
is to heighten the awareness of those who view figurative images
in my art and to stimulate one’s thought and imagination.
The end result is a series of paintings and drawings that form
cultural links between our past and our future.