Location Notes:
IDC

Barbershop Talk

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.11.4
Artist:
Rosie Lee
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Date:
2019
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 48" Width: 60"
Description:
Colorful abstract painting with a wide variety of colors and shapes against a white background. Recognizable shapes include hair combs, hair dryer, broom and barbershop pole.
Historical Context:
From the West African influence of the Geechee in South Carolina to the creole flavor in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosie Lee’s artwork is inspired by and speaks to the diversity found amongst African Americans. His paintings highlight the history and culture of African American communities through vibrantly rendered architectural structures, iconography, and black figures in abstraction. Using playful iconography, Lee hopes to create recognizable physical spaces while using signs and symbols that categorize and identify African American Culture. Regarding his work Rosie Lee states, “My goal of this series is to focus on predominantly black neighborhoods during the Great Migration as well as those affected by redlining. I paint for the same reason that I write: to engage with current discourse concerning black aesthetics. The black aesthetic I wish to capture is filled with color and layered with complexities that connect to history as well as promote promise for future generations. Ultimately, I want the work to be a source of pride and a reminder of the journey black people had to endure to call America home.”