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Black identity: family memories portrait paintings that highlight the African-American diaspora by Jerrell Gibbs

A selection of remarkable paintings by Jerrell Gibbs, an American artist based in Baltimore. Through his family portraits, Gibbs explores thematics related to socio-economic issues in the African-American diaspora and the black identity.

Jerrell Gibbs retraces family memories, examining the origin of his own life by representing intimate and instantly joyous moments. While affirming the multilayered experience of the African-American diaspora, Gibbs plunges the viewer into an immersive experience, the realm of his childhood. Growing up in Baltimore influenced his perspective of socio-economics, body politics, race, economic disparities, and their influence on one another. Through his figurative portraits, Gibbs accentuates banal representations of black identity by depicting empathy, inviting the possibility for a spiritual connection. The works are adapted from small polaroids, adapted into life-size paintings. The artist draws from revised characters in his own life and narratives such as Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts, mimicking their playful illustrative style.

Jerrell Gibbs

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