Created by Wadsworth Jarrell in 1972, during the height of the AFRICOBRA period, this print celebrates Angela Y. Davis, a renowned intellectual and civil rights activist. Utilizing AFRICOBRA's signature 'Cool...
Created by Wadsworth Jarrell in 1972, during the height of the AFRICOBRA period, this print celebrates Angela Y. Davis, a renowned intellectual and civil rights activist. Utilizing AFRICOBRA's signature "Cool Ade" colors, Jarrell incorporates into this portrait of Davis her own words along with other Black Power slogans, creating a vibrant, colorful, active representation f the aesthetic and social philosophies that define AFRICOBRA's work.
Artist Biography Wadsworth Jarrell (b. 1929, United States) is a painter, sculptor, and co-founder of the Black Arts collective AFRICOBRA. Recent exhibitions include AFRICOBRA: Nation Time, an official collateral exhibition of the 2019 Venice Biennale, and AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, and Soul of a Nation, which originated at the Tate Modern.
Born in Albany, Georgia, Jarrell was raised on a working farm. Inspired by the art in the Saturday Evening Post, he hoped to become an illustrator. He joined the US Army after high school and became the company artist for his unit. After the army, Jarrell moved to Chicago. While working at the International Paint factory, he enrolled in night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Initially focused on design and illustration, he switched his attention to fine art after visiting various Chicago art museums. Back in Georgia, blacks had not been allowed inside museums. Seeing masterpieces for the first time in person inspired Jarrell. He enrolled full time at SAIC in 1954, and earned his BA in 1958.
Wadsworth has developed many distinct bodies of work, including sculptures inspired by the African cultural traditions, and a series of paintings dedicated to jazz musicians. A distinctive tool Wadsworth has used in some paintings is a brick laying trowel—something he learned to utilize in 1982, while creating a 300 foot mural at the headquarters of Westinghouse Electric Company. His work is widely collected, and is included in several important institutional collections, including that of the High Museum of Art, the National Museum of Africa American History and Culture, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Artist's Studio Kavi Gupta, Chicago
Africobra 50, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, June 2018 Africobra Message to the People, North Miami Moca, September 2018 Africobra Nation Time, Venice Biennial, May 2019
Africobra Nation Time, Venice Biennial, May 2019. Published By the North Miami MoCa, Miami, FL