BOOK REVIEW
I was asked to read and review a book by my friend Adam Parker for the Post & Courier. Thanks, Adam. I learned a lot about a controversial subject and highly recommend this book.

NEW ART - FACES OF COLOR 4 (Herb)
The latest installment in the Faces of Color series.

Potrait of Gina Torres
Commissioned by her husband Laurence Fishburne for their 9th wedding anniversary.

Faces of Color 3 (John)
The first of a series of oil portraits of African Americans.

Faces of Color 2 (Hugh)
The second in the series with color backgrounds.

Faces of Color 1 (Ms. Margaret)
The first of a series of oil portraits of African Americans.

NEW ART - Plantation Digest
A recompilation of old pieces into a new display.

NEW ART - Aaron and Moses
The third part of a potential six images of actual slaves. Originally a studio portrait - I relocated them to a slave ship.

NEW ART - Out of Bondage - The Domestics
The second of a potential six images of actual slaves. These ladies were part of a larger group of slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation.

NEW ART - Plantation Coloring & Activity Book
The third coloring book is finished and destined for the debut of the Plantation exhibition at REDUX Studios.

NEW ART - Out of Bondage 'Richard Toler'
The first of a series of images painted from actual pictures of expatriated slaves. His slave narrative is a tremendous read!

NEW ART
Plantation Palette - Harvest
This is the third installment of the Palette series.

NEW ART
Plantation Palette - Sensual
This is the second installment of the Palette series.

NEW ART
Plantation Palette - Savoury
This is the first installment of the Palette series.

'SERVICE' MURAL PAGE
Finally got around to making a page for the finished mural. You can now scroll across the entire painting and point to the faces and events to read about their significance. I still have some info to fill in but it's a good start.

NEW ART - J. CROW 'BRANDING IRONY'
This is probably the last of the J. Crow advertisements and pretty much sums up the cynical nature of the series. There may be a couple more if the spirit moves.

NEW ART - J. CROW 'STRIPES'
The most recent advertisement for my Jim Crow Apparel line. This ad agency is coming up with some interesting images for the campaign. I like them.

NEW ART - BLACCESSORIES
Is it a trendy Hollywood fad or is it an act of love - you decide, I'm just asking the question.

NEW ART - FOLLOW ME
This part of the Plantation series gives Harriet Tubman, the diminutive conductor of the Underground Railroad, a Twitter account. With as many followers as she had, she needed one.

NEW ART - FLEDX
Yet another installment in the ongoing ‘Plantation’ series. This piece is a pure commercial parody based on an actual event.

REVIEW OF SUBJECTIVE PERCEPTION
Mary Bentz Gilkerson has written a review of the Benedict show in Columbia’s FreeTimes Weekly Magazine.

NEW ART - THE RESUMES
The next installment to the Plantation series.

NEW ART - NUTS
The latest issue of my magazine features a topic that plagues many blacks who find themselves operating in minority challenged fields.

INTERVIEW WITH NATIVE MAGAZINE
Kurt Walker’s interview while I was working on the ‘Service’ mural for UNC School of Government.

NEW ART - PAINT BY THE NUMBERS
This is an updated take of an earlier piece titled “How To Be A Great Black Artist And Make Lots Of Money”.

REVIEW OF ‘SERVICE’
Curator and art critic Frank Martin has produced an interesting review/critique of the painting for Seth Curcio, editor of Daily Serving. The review made it to the arts section of The Huffington Post. Click here to read the review.

POST & COURIER ARTICLE
Adam Parker takes the latest look at the ‘Service’ mural and gives the reader a little background about the artist and the commission. Click here to read.

CHARLESTON CITY PAPER ARTICLE
Nick Smith’s latest article gives a quasi (no pun intended) review of ‘Service’ Click here to read.

ART: SlaveShip Brand Sardines
This is yet another piece in my on-going Plantation series that attempts to use modern imagery to remind viewers of the historic tragedy that was 250 years of slavery in America. Click here to see a larger image, order poster or download wallpapers.

ART: 'The Black-American Dream'
This is an older piece of art that for some reason I forgot to include on this website. It was one of my most controversial images and led to my abandoning art in 1996. Click here to see and read my notes and an essay on the piece by art critic Frank Martin.

ART
This image was commissioned for a documentary 'In Search of Ambrosio Gonzales: Soldier Under Two Flags'. I was tasked with aging existing images. A younger version is on the easel. Filming has commenced in Cuba and throughout South Carolina; the project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2009. Click here for for more information.

ART
The Portrait of Raven Slade. My son-in-law Michael Slade commissioned this portrait of his lovely wife (my step-daughter), for her birthday. It was unveiled at a surprise party at the Krause Gallery in Atlanta. Click here to see a larger image.

WALK GALLERY JUROR
I will be one of three jurors judging the WALK Gallery's new public art project. The goal is to fill empty storefront windows with art by local artists. The exhibit starts during this year's Spoleto Festival (May 22-June 7). Click here for more info.

ART ON DISPLAY:
My art has made it to the set of Lifetime's Army Wives. 3 posters (MOJA, College of Charleston and Responsibility have been placed on the walls of one the characters home (sorry, I've never seen the show but will watch it this season). Army Wives is filmed in Charleston and has supported many local artists by using their art on their sets. Thank You! Click here to see the art.

ART EXHIBIT:
2 artists whose works I admire and respect (trust me, there aren't many) Juan Logan and Susan Harbage-Page, have mounted a ground-breaking exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC). 'Prop Master' is a site-specific, large-scale installation created exclusively for the Gibbes. It draws materials from the museum's permanent collection of portraits, landscape paintings, and archival materials, begun over 150 years ago. It runs from April 3 thru July 19th. For more information, click here.


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