JONATHAN ALLEN: Works in painting, collage, video, and performance. He holds a B.A. in Visual Arts/Art History from Columbia University. Allen exhibited at BRIC, Lu Magnus, Gallery MC. PS122, Exit Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, Artists Space, Bravin Lee, FiveMyles, Oliver Kamm and Caren Golden, among others. Allen is currently working on INTERRUPTIONS, a series of ad interventions in New York subway stations, which seeks to interrupt the language of advertising with imagery and text commenting on our current political predicament.
KALIF AUSBY: Lives in Brooklyn New York, and is the son of world-renowned artist Ellsworth Ausby and Jamillah Jennings-Ausby. Kalif Ausby is a second-generation School of Visual Arts Graduate holding both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree focusing on cartooning and animation. Ausby’s artwork is based on the social issues viewed growing up within the hip-hop community and having a strong love for comic books and animation. He specializes in character development with a strong focus in two dimensional renders, using traditional pencil, and paints. He also uses Photoshop for the speed. Kalif Ausby draws inspiration from artist such as, his father Ellsworth Ausby a former tenure instructor at the School of Visual Arts, Grey Williamson, Alex Ross, Frank Frazzeta, and a host of other artists from various mediums.
DENZIL BELISLE: Born in Belize and migrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1981. Denzil Belisle’s father, Louis Belisle was a renowned artist in Belize. He has been studying under the tutelage of master artist Otto Neals at the Dorsey Art Gallery workshop. Belisle works in oil, watercolor, pastel, and graphic color pencil, painting subjects such as seascapes, landscapes and figures.
JOSEPH S. BELL-BEY: Born in Chester, Maryland. Shortly after his birth, the family permanently moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. Since 2005, with the guidance of fellow artists Otto Neals and Karl McIntosh, he has created an impressive body of fine works of art. Bell-Bey had exhibited at the Dedicator’s Luncheon in Honor of the Black Artist, Dorsey’s Art Gallery’s Holiday Show, York College, The Great Neck Library, The Grace Baptist Church and The Abyssinian Development Corporation. Additionally, Bell-Bey was extremely honored to have given his second solo art exhibit at the historic Dorsey’s Art Gallery, in Brooklyn, New York in 2006. Bell-Bey’s work is in many prominent collections across the country including the permanent collection of the Abyssinian Development Corporation.
FRANCKS F. DECEUS: Currently resides and maintains a studio in Brooklyn, NY. Décéus received a B.A. in sociology from Long Island University, NY, in 1992. Décéus has studied printmaking at the venerated Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and in June of 2007, he completed a month-long printmaking residency in Gentilly, France. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Samella Lewis Award for Painting in the Hampton University Museum’s juried exhibition, “New Power Generation 2008.” Throughout his artistic career, Décéus' work has marched chronologically from his childhood in Haiti, through his immersion into his new urban community as an immigrant, and recently, to his meditations on a conceptual vision of humanity. He has always been more interested in exploring themes and issues than in making definitive statements or creating a visual language with his art, and his work resonates with political and sociological content. His solo exhibitions include the Pounder-Kone Art Space, Los Angeles; Tilford Art Group, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MOCADA), Brooklyn, NY; The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN; Gallery M, New York, NY; and Hampton University, Hampton, VA. The works of Décéus have entered numerous private and public collections, including Xavier University, New Orleans, LA, and the Schomburg Center, New York Public Library, NY. His work has been featured in publications such as The International Revue of African-American Art and The Village Voice.
DOBA: Born in the mountains of southwest Nigeria and credits his mother, who was a versatile dancer, as the fundamental force behind his flair for expression. Doba studies at the famous Zaria Art School. While in school he became known as one of the “Zaria Rebels,” and artists’ school known for their experimental style and bold color palette. He also spent some time teaching art at Yaba Technical College, in Lagos, Nigeria before immigrated to NYC. He is currently based in Brooklyn. Doba has been an annual presence at the Florida International University Black History Month art show. In addition to showing at the Zenith Gallery, He is also represented by Dorsey Art Gallery in NY.
LAMEROL A. GATEWOOD: Gatewood’s recent drawings-paintings and collages are called The Abstract Energy of Sound Series. These works are an accumulation of ideas that evolved from his previous body of work–The Energy Series– that were produced over the last several years. The creation of art is a very metaphysical and spiritual process. His current art practice includes a disciplined approach to studying and listening closely to diverse genres of music. Gatewood is fascinated by the abstract sound musicians make in order to create music. Gatewood stated that the solar system speaks directly to him and through the planetary, astrological and radiant energy. The projection of color, light and soundscape is Gatewood’s current artistic palette.
ANTHONY GEORGE: Raised and lives in Brooklyn, NY. George is a self-taught artist and draws his inspiration from his community. He has exhibited at the Dorsey Art Gallery and his work is included in various collections throughout NYC.
TYRONE GETER: In a career that spreads across two continents, Tyrone Geter has built an international reputation as a world-class artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator and teacher. He is a retired Associate Professor of Art at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., Geter grew up in Anniston, Alabama, during a time defined by strict segregation laws and social injustice. With a population of less than 25,000, Anniston was a site of numerous acts of racial violence during the Civil Rights Era. The immediacy of these events and an inherited legacy of spiritual strength and fortitude against all the odds inform and shape Geter’s work. Geter received his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1976 with an emphasis on painting and drawing. An exceptional draftsman, his portraits are sensitive, timeless, and masterfully executed.
JIMMY JAMES GREENE: A well-known artist and educator from New York City. Since his childhood in Xenia, OH, Jimmy James has shown exceptional artistic ability. After apprenticing with acclaimed afro-centric muralist Jon Onye Lockhard in Ann Arbor Michigan, Greene graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design. Since then he has gone on to become an accomplished collagist, painter, draftsman and designer who works with stained glass, print making and mosaic tile. For the past 25 years his work has explored the communal expressions of the African Diaspora in general and those of the African American experience. One of his mostly recognized public works is The Children's Cathedral mural commissioned by the NY Transit Authority at Utica Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, NY.
NOEL HEFELE: Born and raised in Connecticut. He is a local landscape painter with an interest in Arts and Ecology in the climate change era. He views painting as a type of research into landscape, its inhabitants, as well as its history; a way to weave a story. Hefele is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College.
MELVIN ISAAC: Been drawing, sketching, painting, and teaching art for over twenty years. His specialty is in portrait drawing and live sketching. Isaac has a master’s degree from New York Theological Seminary, a bachelors’ degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY, and a certificate in commercial/drawing & painting. He is the Executive Director of Artist Talents Inc. a not-for-profit organization helping young people turn their lives around through art. Mr. Isaac is a Community Certify Producer of Bric Arts Media, and has a show named, “Artistic Talents. He received several awards and honors from Vietnam Memorial Art Gallery NY, Fortune Society, Puffin Foundation, and Alliance of Queens Art. He has been chosen as the feature of the month, “City Watch: Interview with Art Teacher”, by Denise Benson, Special to the Epoch Times, and “Who Says Art Isn’t Easy?” by Leonard Jacobs, editor of Brooklyn Community Access Television, and has exhibited his artwork at WBGO Jazz radio station in Newark NJ.
LAURA JAMES: Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, Laura James is a self-taught painter of Antiguan heritage. Working as a professional artist and illustrator for almost twenty years, Ms. James is best known for her illustrations in the Book of the Gospels lectionary published in 2000 by LTP on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. Laura is also an award-winning artist of secular works. She paints women, families, and scenes of everyday life; blending intricate patterns, text, vibrant colors and sometimes surreal imagery into what she calls "art for the people". Laura is currently working on a series of paintings titled Nannies and Other Mothers where she attempts to shed light on a subject long neglected by popular culture. She tells the stories of countless women who leave their families to come to America, UK, or Canada in search of a better life, taking jobs as domestic workers." Laura's work is widely collected and exhibited. Represented by Bridgeman Art Library for more than a decade, her images have been published in numerous publications and media. Now working and residing in the Bronx, Ms. James is a member of several art organizations, is very active in her community and has produced numerous cultural events, art exhibitions and film festivals.
MLJ JOHNSON: Born in Washington, D.C., and grew up on Manhattan. Johnson is an artist, educator, exhibition coordinator and consultant. Traveling to Madrid inspired his brand “Yo People”, animated images with emphatic emotional communication. Johnson exhibited extensively in the United States, London, Paris, Spain, Puerto Rico, South America, and the African Diaspora.
SCHARALET KEE: Born and raised in Brooklyn New York. Her love for art was developed and nurtured while in attendance at Prospect Heights High School and Kings Borough Community College. Kee was introduced to Lawrence Dorsey and the Dorsey Gallery family by her late cousin Clifford Jackson. Through the directions of mentor Otto Neals, Kee attended classes at Bob Blackburn workshop taking courses in copperplate etching with Jennifer Malmbry and pronto plate lithography, monoprint and relief print with Justin Sanz. Her work has been exhibited at The Harlem State Office Building, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, The National Conference of Artists, [NCA] and City College of New York Celebration of Women in Arts & Culture Awards.
DONNA MASON: A mixed media visual artist and photographer who lives and works in New York City. Mason has served as a curator, introducing resident Caribbean artists to a New York audience and gained them wider name recognition within the Caribbean region through her expertise as a marketer using the international social media platforms. Mason immigrates to the United States as a child and completed her formal education with a degree in journalism and Political Science from Brooklyn College. A photographer for over 30 years, she primarily used her photography to accompany newspaper articles and more recently to construct photo essays for the artists she markets as a social media analyst.
DINDGA MCCANNON: Born and raised in Harlem and inspired to become an artist at the age of 10. She is self-taught and works intuitively. As a 1960s member of Weusi, McCannon became interested in the Black Arts movement. In the 1970s, she was part of the first group show of professional black women artists in New York City. McCannon has been an artist for 55 years. In addition to her work as a quilter author, and illustrator, McCannon considers herself a costume designer and muralist and a print maker. McCannon’s work is a celebration of women's lives, portraits. Her art is a window into "herstory." McCannon has a quilt (entitled "Yekk's Song") in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. McCannon has also been commissioned to create various pieces of art: “United Community,” NY Dept of Cultural Affairs; “Amazing Life of Althea Gibson,” art story quilt, Disney Inc for ESPN Zone, NYC; “Winning the Vote,” Art Quilt on the Pioneers of Women's voting history America, Scholastic Magazine; “Zora Neale Hurston,” B.O.S.S. (Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters), Columbia University, NY. McCannon works are in the permanent collection of Johnson Publishing Co., Studio Museum in Harlem Permanent Collection; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem NY, Arts in Embassies Program, Washington, DC; and The Brooklyn Museum Collection in New York. McCannon has written and illustrated several books – ‘Peaches’, published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard and by Dell, ‘Wilhelmina Jones, Future Star’, published by Delacorte; and illustrated books for other writers – ‘Omar at X-mas’ and ‘Speak to the Winds, African Proverbs’. In 2018 McCannon published an illustrated cookbook called Celebrations. McCannon participated in The Brooklyn Museum "We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-1985."
KARL MCINTOSH: A self-taught artist who works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic, collage, stone, wood, and metal and is a wizard at transforming found objects into works of art. Born in Kingston, Jamaica McIntosh moved to the United States at an early age and later took up art. Among his mentors are artist Otto Neals with whom he worked at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and the late artist Marian Griffin. McIntosh is also a poet, drummer, and dancer who draw his creative inspiration and expression from his study of African art and culture. McIntosh’s work has been exhibited at numerous venues across the country including The Dorsey Art Gallery, The Skylight Gallery, MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Art), 843 Gallery, the National Black Fine Art Show, Color: the Chicago Black Fine Art Exhibition, the Fulton Art Fair, The George Washington Carver Gallery, The Red Piano Too in St. Helena, South Carolina, and the Brooklyn Museum. He was mentioned in the April 16, 2004 edition of the New York Times in an article in connection with “Open” the Brooklyn Museum exhibition. His work can be found in many prominent collections throughout the country. McIntosh, a member of the National Conference of Artists and the Weusi Artists Collective has also been shown at the African American Museum in Hempstead, NY, Kenkeleba Gallery of NY and Acban Art Gallery of Mt. Vernon, NY.
MAGNET E. MCINTOSH: Born and raised in Brooklyn. McIntosh is the son of artist Karl McIntosh. He attended art classes at City College. He creates his art using found objects. He has exhibited at various shows at Dorsey Gallery
YOSHIKO MORI: Born in a family of forests in Tokyo; her last name literally means “forest”. She has been taking photographs as long as she can remember, having been influenced by her father. Her first formal training was in college, with Black and White Photography courses supplementing her Political Science degree. She has taken classes at ICP while here in New York City. Her work is focused on opening up in-between places in the viewers imaginations, where they bring their own thoughts and experiences to this shared process of sense perception. She exhibits local landscapes around the city and is an active member of the arts community in her neighborhood.
IBOU NDOYE: Born in the West African capital city of Dakar in Senegal, glass-painting artist Ibrahima Ndoye has combined modernism and traditionalism to create a rich, iconic style. Ibou says he "socialized with art and cohabited with colors" from a very young age. Ibou entered and rejuvenated the world of glass painting breaking and layering glass to create new textures and effects. The incorporation of various other materials including wood, bone, copper wire, broken bottles, and animal skin appear in Ibou’s work as well. Some pieces combine glass with plastics and other materials common to our modern environment including stapled scraps of soda cans and detergent boxes. As an art instructor and public speaker currently residing in Jersey City, NJ, Ibou works to promote and expand his artistic vision through exhibition, education and cultural exchange.
OTTO NEALS: World renowned, highly gifted painter, sculptor, and printmaker. When he was a child, his family moved to New York where he still lives and works. A Brooklynite, Neals first studied commercial art at George Westinghouse Vocational High School. He also studied briefly at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and at other institutions in the borough. In 1951 he took a job with the post office's art department. He eventually became the head illustrator at the Brooklyn General Post Office, creating illustrations and overseeing projects in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island City. Over decades, Neals emerged as one of the most respected visual artists in our lifetime. As a participant in the Black Arts movement he co-founded the historic Weusi Artist Collective and NyumbaYa Sanaa Gallery in Harlem. In 1958 he took a lead role in assisting with establishing the Fulton Art Fair in Brooklyn. Neals has worked and exhibited with iconic masters, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, and Tom Feelings. Neals' work has been exhibited in distinguished institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Columbia Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art and the Ghana National Museum. His work is in the collections of Congressman John Lewis, legendary jazz musician Randy Weston, Harry Belafonte, and Oprah Winfrey. The media has recognized Neals' profound talent: he has been profiled in numerous outlets including The New York Times, EBONY magazine, Black Enterprise.
DONOVAN NELSON: Lives in Brooklyn, New York. Nelson received a B.F.A in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, he studied portraiture and figure painting at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Nelson received an M.F.A. from the New York Academy where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Vincent Desiderio, Jack Beal, Alfred Lesley, and Juan Cardenas. Donovan is a professor/teacher of Art at various institutions and has showed in several galleries throughout NYC, including Welencora, Dorsey Art gallery, MOCADA and The African American Art Museum, New York, just to name a few. His works has been published extensively in the Brooklyn magazine Art & Culture Breuckelen.
MOSES OGUNLEYE: From Ekiti State, Nigeria, was trained in Typology of Pottery Artifacts and Monolithic Findings in Archaeology and Anthropology Development. He developed a passion for the Performing Arts and obtained a diploma in Theater Arts from University of Ibadan. Moses was a Senior Art Assistant before he resigned to pursue a career as a visual artist. Moses became the Executive Director of VSAarts of Nigeria in 2012, an affiliate of J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. An actor, poet and painter Moses Ogunleye’s works have appeared in several journals and books by prominent university scholars. He is currently living in Brooklyn, New York where he participates in community activities and has participated in numerous exhibitions.
ADEMOLA OLUGEBEFOLA: One of the original founders of the WEUSI Artist Collective in 1965 and the first Educational Director of the WEUSI Academy of African Arts and Studies in 1969. He is a highly respected cultural activist and renowned Harlem artist, whose art and career papers are in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Hatch-Billops Archives, Howard University, and scores of other American institutions. He is one of the Executive Producers of the forthcoming landmark film, “Drama Mamas: Black Female Theatre Directors in the Spotlight and Remembered.” For over the past four decades, Ademola has lived and worked in Harlem. His current residency at the Chashama Harlem Studios, in the artist’s words: “…has been a great creative experience and provides me with critical work space and prolific incentive to expand my longstanding interest in the exploration of pure color and form in painting.” His work is in numerous collections of prominent Harlemites, and individual collectors and institutions internationally.
THABISO PHOKOMPE: a Brooklyn based South African artist working in multi medium with focus on mark making and incorporating found objects. His work reflects and draws on themes that bring polar opposites together. His early works focused on spiritual influences in African daily life. However, during apartheid South Africa he frequently portrayed the Black body as a site of injustice, echoing realities of everyday life in the townships. After the collapse of apartheid, Phokompe’s works shifted towards abstract influenced by prehistoric rock paintings and he developed a particular passion for mark making, which in early times was thought to be endowed with magic powers. For Phokompe, the process of recording and translating everyday experience through mark making is a spiritual act through which to study the past and envision the future. Phokompe seeks not only to validate the contribution of African perspective to present day society, but also to make a claim for the repossession of material in our African heritage. He has exhibited internationally and been collected in Africa, Europe, and the USA.
OKANBI POUNDS: Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio in 1957. After retiring from the Postal Service in 2010, I relocated to Brooklyn. My Orisa brother, established artist Karl Macintosh invited me to Dorsey's Gallery where I began my journey in the world of art. Under the tutelage of master artist Otto Neals, I began to develop as an artist. I give all the credit to the Dorsey Gallery family and Otto Neals for any success I may garner as an artist. Ed Parker at the Snicklefritz Cultural Workshop in East Cleveland Ohio also has allowed me to work at his studio when I'm in Cleveland Ohio. Like Dorsey's Gallery, Ed Parker opens his gallery to the public and has given instructions to many aspiring artists myself included. My work has been exhibited at Dorsey's Gallery and on a limited number of occasions at other venues in Brooklyn NY.
SHAQUORA R’ BEY: A native of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY, is a well-known loctician, jewelry maker, artistic soft sculpture artist/Doll artist. Her creative gifts are naturally a blessing.
JUSTIN SANZ: A Brooklyn-based artist who exhibits locally and internationally. His work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The Spencer Museum, Davis Museum, and various private collections. He currently works as an educator, Master Printer, and Workshop Manager at the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NYC and has exhibited at Dorsey’s gallery in the past.
ALEATHEA SAPP-JIMENEZ: Working with acrylic paint or other media on canvas or paper, Ms. Sapp-Jimenez creates vibrant and evocative portraits of real and life imagined people against colorful and mainly organic backgrounds. Sapp-Jimenez describes herself as a mother, wife, grandmother and mentor and Brooklyn native with an African-Caribbean background. She taught at Kingsborough College Research Foundation Summer Art’s Program.
ANSWERD STEWART: Grew up in Brooklyn, of Jamaican-American heritage. Stewart works using pen and ink, oil, acrylic, opaque washes and many other media. Stewart exhibited extensively nationwide over the years. Also, he holds a history degree from Brooklyn College.
ANN TANKSLEY: A Pittsburgh native and New York resident, Ann has enjoyed a long and illustrious professional career highlighted by numerous honors and artistic achievements. A graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, PA, she also studied at the Art Student League, Parsons School of Design, the Printmaking Workshop and the New School for Social Research all in New York, NY. One of her major accomplishments was the creation and publication of a masterful portfolio of monoprints based on the writings of Zora Neale Hurston entitled, Images of Zora. Described by the writer Maya Angelou as “dazzling”, the prints were unveiled at two New York exhibitions and went on a national tour. Among the anthologies and publications in which the artist and her work have been featured are: Gumbo Ya Ya: Anthology of Contemporary African American Women Artists; Time Capsule: A Concise Encyclopedia of Women Artists by Robin Kahn; The Art of Black American Women: Works of Twenty-Four Artists of the Twentieth Century by Robert Henkes; Forever Free: Art by African-American Women 1862-1980, Edited by Anna Alexander Bontemps. Her work is in several permanent collections including the Johnson Publishing Company and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is also in prominent private collections including the Hewitt Collection and Oprah Winfrey’s.
LARRY WEEKES: Born and raised in Harlem, NYC. Weekes attended The Fiorello High School of Music and Art. He continued his studies at NY Community College majoring in advertising design. He also attended The City College of New York, The Art Students League and The School of Visual Arts. Weekes worked for many years in retail management and in the graphic arts field for a type setting firm. He made a career change entering the garment industry as a designer working with ECKO, PHAT FARM and FUBU. Weekes is now building a career as an artist. He works in several medium: photography, painting and drawing. He crafts three dimensional “panoramas” with immense depth and beauty to draw the viewer in. Weekes has exhibited in many group shows with the SONYA artists and The Fort Greene photo club. His work was recently displayed at FiveMyles Gallery and the Dorsey Art Gallery. He has also curated and showed at several shows at the Bailey’s Café.
EMMETT WIGGLESWORTH: Muralist, painter, sculptor, fabric designer and poet, Wigglesworth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended the College of Art and later enlisted in military service. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1957 and has resided in New York since 1958. Wigglesworth has designed and illustrated several books and magazines for various publishing companies including Harper and Row, McGraw Hill, Macmillan Press, American Books and Sesame Street magazine. He's combined his poetry and printmaking, produced a documentary on "Aging," and designed the covers for two volumes of the Journal of Black Poetry. He taught art at the New Muse in Brooklyn, the J.O.I.N. Center, the Children's Art Carnival and the Harlem Parents Association in Manhattan. He was also an instructor for a number of special programs for the Board of Education, where he taught academics through art. Wigglesworth has had several shows at Dorsey’s Art gallery and Jamaica Art Center. Emmett Wigglesworth is a member of the National Conference of Artists, the Weusi Artists N.Y.C., Association of Caribbean and American Artists, AAA Artists and Cross Sections, as well as the Fulton Art Fair Artists and Artists in Transition.
KEN WRIGHT: Stained glass artist, and conservationist, as well as an active member of the National Conference of Artists, NURTUREart and Black Art in America. Ken Wright's stained-glass mosaics are organic and narrative, telling the story of the 50-year journey that is his life calling. He selects and cuts glass "in a way that makes it flow like a painting" mostly drawn to urban and figurative subjects, landscapes also find their way into his imagery.