Kabuki Dancers Collage & mixed media 30 x 22.5 in., 1999 $40,000
About The Artist
Artist Statement I feel that I have a calling, a priestly mission, so to speak. To tell the true story of my people, of the struggle of their artistry, from the time that my forebears left the continent of Africa, not of their own will but because they were forced migrants. I feel that this mission is so strong that I have to go into other parts of the world to tell that yes, African Americans have a glorious past… and our people have come through much to be where they are and what they are today, and this means that with that kind of tradition, African Americans have a glorious future. It’s all up to them. My artwork is also reflective of my African American christian heritage which has always been an important part of my life.
Bio Highly regarded as an artist, scholar and curator, David Driskell is cited as one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of African American Art. He has been the recipient of 13 honorary doctoral degrees and has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of Black artists in America. He has authored seven books on the subject of African American art, co-authored four others, and published more than forty catalogs from exhibitions he has curated. Trained as a painter and art historian, Driskell works principally in collage and mixed media. His paintings and prints have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the USA including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. He has exhibited internationally in England, Holland, South Africa, Poland, Brazil, Japan and Chile.