Larry Richardson ~ Artist
Each image is a mixed
media collage on arches paper Framed
Each image is 33"
Each image is $800 USD
or $2,200 USD for the triptych (all three imges)
Image #1 is Amina
Image #2 is Isa
Image #3 is Harbuu
Represented by BlackCommentator.com
For purchasing details
Larry Richardson at [email protected]
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
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
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.