THINKKING HATS: This series of hand painted hats are created to recognize and celebrate the enriched culture and huge contribution, wisdom and knowledge that Ancient African Civilization contributed to the world and continues to guide us in today’s society. Since the beginning of civilization, headdress has been a part of our culture. Headresses have denoted one’s stature or station in life. In ancient societies it was not uncommon to find Egyptian headdresses adorn with symbols associated with certain Gods/Netcherw.
THINKKING HATS were created to continue in this long and rich tradition. The name, “THINKKING HATS” was adopted from the often used phrase, “put on your thinking caps” made popular by grade school teachers as a method of encouraging deeper thought… more profound thought.
Ancient Africa was not only the birth of man, but also the birth of civilization and knowledge. For those unaware of such historical truths… put on your THINKKING HATS!
About The Artist
Artist Statement Malik’s artwork explores the African-American historical and religious experience. His overarching intent is to “Create artwork that examines relationships between history’s truths, unearthed by contemporary scholars of African descent, and its detrimental, but more accepted falsehoods, perpetuated for centuries—this falsification of history is so pervasive, it remains the dominant historical narrative taught in schools and provided in the media”. He promotes awareness of these historical inaccuracies.
The method serves as a powerful vehicle for conveying Malik’s message. He let it guide his choices of medium and materials, although his preferred medium is graphite and gauche on paper. Malik uses various methods, mediums and compositional styles to articulate his thematic interests into his artwork. Desiring his artwork to look educational, he created work to resemble lessons on school blackboards. He played with a similar notion with his “THINKKING HATS” series, which features straw hats designed with African/Egyptian symbols and text. The title came from that often used phrased by teachers about donning one’s “thinking cap” to suggest a certain serious intellectual pursuit. Although much of his artwork addresses weighty topics, Malik’s artistic inspirations are pretty simple—life, contemporary African and African-American historians, and early Renaissance painters, such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo. Since these three masters explored religious and historical themes, their work also contains many of the images that his work addresses head on, such as Madonna and Child, and Adam & Eve images. Meanwhile, he is profoundly impacted by such writings as Cheikh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization, John Henrik Clarke, Africa: The Passing of the Golden Age, George G.M. James, Stolen Legacy and Anthony T. Browder, Nile Valley contributions to Civilization.
Bio Malik Marvin Lloyd is a graduate of McKinley High School in Washington, DC. After graduation, he attended Philadelphia College of art, where he received his BFA in Illustration.
He has worked as an illustrator and visual information specialist for the Department of Defense. Worked as a freelance illustrator for various publications in the Washington, DC area, such as; the Washington Star and the American Physiological Association.
In 1997, he created FIND ART information bank, an artist’s locator & resource service, for the purpose of assisting clients with broadcasting opportunities to the arts community and assisting the arts community with locating opportunities. As a result of FIND ART, he has been awarded with the District of Columbia 2000 Mayor’s Art Award for Innovation in the Arts, nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, DC's 2000 Mayor's Art Award and nominated for Excellence in Service to the Arts, DC's 2000 Mayor's Art Award. Mr. Lloyd has been a grant recipient from the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, 1998, 1999 and 2000. He has Served on several panels/selection committees as a subject matter expert on art-related matters: Panel member - Arlington Art Center, 2006, Selection Committee - DCCAH Bus Shelter Designs, 2005, Panel member - Rockville Art Center, 2004, Selection Committee - Very Special Arts, 2003, Panel member - Corcoran College of Art, 2000. Mr. Lloyd has recently been featured in 2011 art publication titled, “100 Artists of Washington, DC” as part of a national series on noteworthy artists by Schiffer Publishing Company.