David Driskell: Renewal and Form, Recent Prints
Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell, Ph.D., will exhibit a selection of his prints in Easton for the first time. Dr. Driskell (born 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) is a widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art.
He began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was introduced to lithography and woodcuts. Printmaking has remained a favorite medium throughout his career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints, by rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work. Driskell noted: “I am not trying to make Black art. I am trying to make my art. I make cultural connections in my work through imagery that is meaningful to me, but it’s not about my identity.”
Dr. Driskell lives and works in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field. He spends the summers in Maine.
The exhibition comes to Easton from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockland, Maine and was curated by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, Maine.
Sponsored by: Maryland State Arts Council and Talbot County Arts Council
September 16, 2017 - December 31, 2017
September 15, 2017, 5:30 pm -