The Southern is delighted to announce Take Me Away, a solo exhibition of new works by Jamea Richmond-Edwards.
In Take Me Away Richmond-Edwards presents a series of paintings featuring black women in moments of silent contemplation. The series, rooted in escapism, was created in response to the year’s heated social and political climate faced by black Americans. “As African Americans, I believe it is essential for us to “check-out” of social media and the evening news to preserve our sanity,” expresses the artist. In this body of work, color and texture is employed to explore notions of trauma and self-preservation through escapism and meditation.
Detroit-bred Jamea Richmond-Edwards graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Art degree from Jackson State University in 2004 where she studied painting and drawing. She went on to earn a MFA from Howard University in 2012.
Richmond-Edwards is inspired by the black figures of artist Kerry James Marshall and drawings of Charles White. She offers a repertoire of portraits of black women drawn using ink and graphite. Her lionized figures are portrayed in regal poses, with eyes that possess alluring gazes and bodies adorned with rich tapestries of color and patterns made of sequins, rhinestones, paper and textiles. Their clothing, which mimics designer fashion, conceals their vulnerability and weaknesses, while elevating them from the distained to the revered.
Richmond-Edward’s work has garnered the attention of art critics such as the Washington Post’s Michael Sullivan, who in a January, 2013 review of the exhibition No Strings Attached, described Jamea’s portraits of two black women to be “among the most arresting pieces” in the show. In February, 2013 she was included in the Huffington Post’s “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know”.
Richmond-Edwards piece Wings Not Meant To Fly is featured on Fox Television Network’s Empire among contemporary greats such as Barkley L. Hendricks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Ebony G. Patterson.
National and international exhibitions include: Delaware Art Museum Centennial Exhibition, Wilmington, Delaware; Rush Arts Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Parish Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, Maryland. Richmond-Edwards works are in the permanent collection of Embassy of the United States in Dakar Senegal and private collectors across the country.
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