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Narratives of African American Art and Identity

Keith Morrison

Nightrane, 1981

Watercolor on paper

30" x 22"


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Nightrane

In his quest to create his personal style, Keith Morrison fluctuates between Abstract Expressionist-inspired formal compositions and a narrative, richly figurative style. In such pieces as Nightrane, Morrison works through issues of color, pattern, rhythm, and design in a non-objective setting. These brightly painted canvases are inspired by bold African and Jamaican textile prints that hold aesthetic and spiritual dimensions. "In every case the source of the patterns is a fascination with its emotional and sensual power....This use of pattern is also very much a part of folk art in Jamaica and other parts of South and Central America where I got my first interest. Further, I have always liked the 'funky' quality of the patterns of the clothes and decoration of poor people in Jamaica."  K. A. K.

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