JAMAAL BARBER

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Biography:

Barber holds a BA from Eastern Carolina University. While in school, he won the 2002 JOSA award from drawing and 1st place in Graphic Design for the Rebel Magazine, the annual ECU student art awards magazine. His art can be seen on display at the ZuCot Gallery and has been shown at the Art on 5 and the Hudgens Center For The Arts. Additionally, Barber has done print work for Black Art in America, Spoken Magazine, and Emory University.

In 2004, Barber moved to Atlanta where he now works and resides with his wife and 2 children.

Statement:

 “My art makes social commentary about black life and black identity. I explore all aspects of black life in America from the nostalgic reverence of small town, southern life to the societal forces that shape modern urban life across the country. My work features black figures as the main characters in the narratives. Kerry James Marshall often talks about there being a power in seeing the black figure as stars where they are not often seen. Figures in my art are carved and printed in relief with added layers of texture by screen-printing patterns and colors to support the narratives. My aim is to create a new kind of propaganda to spread messages that speak to all aspects of black life."