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supporting black female artists

This has been a heavy week.

As we process how to use our privilege and show action in our own ways, I am sharing these talented, underrepresented #blackfemaleartists. Supporting them by following their work and listening is one step in a marathon of change we need to run.

We must do better. There is much work to be done.

Art by Bellezaramilan

I am absolutely obsessed and wildly inspired by Sade's giant abstract paintings full of color. She is an expressionist artist who creates canvases based upon who her clients describe themselves to be and her current emotional state.


Art by Monday

My artwork challenges the political and cultural issues within the African American community. I work to deconstruct the negative stereotypes of Black women that are thrown at us daily.I address the vulnerable fragments of our femininity that are often ignored. My work is meant to cause the viewer to stop and engage in conversations relating to social constructs within our society. I struggle with expressing my thoughts and experiences in other ways, therefore, I paint in exchange for freedom." Stacie Monday. The purpose of Staci's work is to celebrate African American women and to be an activist in her community. Her work includes her individual struggles, experiences, and lessons learned as a Black woman in America.


Blanche Eden Art

This woman SERIOUSLY does it all. She's a self taught songwriter, artist, photographer AND podcast host. Her colorful collage works are stunning pieces that show expert use of color to truly deliver a message. Not to mention, I adore her pink hair <3

Lebohang Lang Motaung

I'll be honest - I came across Lebohang's work and was immediately stuck with awe. Her vision and her work blows my mind. She created these 3-D works of art that start with photos & paintings which are brought to life by adding physical braids, hair, beads as the hair of the portrait. Just click the link - my description doesn't do her justice.


Ashley Sade

Ashley Sade is a talented visual designer whose work consists of stunning portraits in contrasting colors. Her recent black & white portraits with gold leaf are absolutely stunning. I'd purchase one in a heartbeat if we had the space to hang it!


Brenda Brudet Brenda is a fine artist who creates art that celebrates womanhood and melanin. Her portraits are jaw-dropping works of art and gorgeous, gorgeous vessels for emotion.


Kanesha Sneed

Just WOW. I am in awe of her ability to build such cohesive work across vast mediums and the style she has created. From her pottery to her illustrations and print work, she is a multidisciplinary art goddess.


Stormy Mae Nesbit

Her ability to illustrate people and capture such detail is out of this world. I love her work, aesthetic and ability to curate such a positive-energy community.


Krantz Illustrations

WOW. I love, love, love Fatima's work. Can you believe these are iPad paintings? They look SO real - so much talent and raw remotion. Thank you for creating, Fatima.


Latasha Dunston

You all follow me because you love travel & the outdoors to some extent, so you'l LOVE Latasha's work. She creates colorful and fun work that brings light to many changes we need to make across the land and in society.


Tiffany Thomas

Tiffany is a talented ceramicist who infuses nature directly into her work. I have been following her for awhile now and absolutely adore her work.


Kalin Renee Kalin is an extremely talented artist - painting giant portraits that look too perfect to be real. Her recent aura piece is giving me all the feels - I am in love.



LaDara McKinnon

SO MUCH LOVE FOR LADARA! She is a ray of light and sunshine and I truly love her work. She is a fine artist, ceramicist, and art educator based in Charlotte, NC and badass biz owner of LaDara Fine Art. She focuses on timeless artwork that touches your heart with rich textures and movement.

Lorna Simpson I stumbled across Lorna's work in my research and was captivated by how much her work has transformed and conveyed emotion. I love the quotes below from her bio on Artnet:

"Lorna Simpson is an American artist best known for her black-and-white photographs and works on paper—both of which explore the interplay between historical memory, culture, and identity. Often associated with postcolonial and feminist critique, Simpson’s work seeks to explicate the ways in which race and gender shape human interactions, specifically in the United States, through the medium of portraiture. “I do not feel as though issues of identity are exhaustible,” the artist has said. “I feel that my critique of identity, which in the past work may be the most obvious, becomes the foreground or recedes given the structures of the text or the type of narrative that I impose on the work." // Source: Artnet


Thank you for sharing your work and allowing us to learn & listen.


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