Sunday Afternoon illustrates two eccentric figures in an energetic and vibrant display. These two figures stand facing one another in a field, their skin covered with a black and white pattern, highlighting the artist's perspective on one's own portrayal. Wearing stylized hats, adorned with visuals of a house, tree, heart, cross, and flowers, their mouths are connected by a bolt of lightning, signifying the ideals of relationships, communication, and representation. Framed by bold patterns and colors, the boarder adds to the dynamic, vivid, and dream-like elements.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
Humphrey’s signature style as an artist is quintessentially Neo-Expressionist—illustrative, colorful. It also features texts (though it is never wholly text-based) stemming from the artist’s long-time interest in traditional African oral traditions. Her subject matter addresses broad-based issues of racism and feminism, as well as personal narratives. Her aesthetic is inspired by the lively colors and bucolic forms of Haitian and Brazilian art; by similar qualities in the French artists Gauguin and Rousseau; and by African American vernacular artists, explicitly Sister Gertrude Morgan. Although Humphrey’s art often centers on the black experience, she stresses that this is a logical outcome of her identity as an African American and should not be perceived as a narrowly constructed artistic agenda. Her wish is to be understood as a unique individual who happens to be of African descent, rather than as a “black artist.”
—From https://global.oup.com/us/companion.websites/9780199995394/ch13/bio/, accessed 6-23-2021
Margo Humphrey is a painter, printmaker, and arts educator from Oakland, CA. She received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts), Oakland, in printmaking and an MFA from Stanford University, CA, i...Read More ⟶