ARTISTS BIOGRAPHIES


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.


BRENT H. BAILER: Born in Washington D.C., and at a very young age, relocated to Addsleigh Park, in Queens. Brent began his art education at the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Brent would go on to graduate from the School of Visual Arts where he studied fine art and illustration under full scholarship. Brent enjoyed a successful career in the arts. Early career highlights include Art Director for a book publishing company and Muralist for the Board of Education in New York City. National recognition came from his courtroom drawings for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) working with Barbra Walters and covering high-profile trials for former Beatle John Lennon and first-lady Jacqueline Onassis, and as an illustrator for a wide range of magazines including Black Enterprise. In the 1970s, Brent worked in advertising as a freelance sketch man for such renowned advertising agencies as J. Walter Thompson, BBDO, and Young & Rubicam. He was the first African American full-time freelancer during that time. Brent volunteered his talent for such nonprofits as the United Negro College Fund and the Louis Armstrong Memorial Projects in posters for their fundraising events. He designed album covers for musical artists, set designs, and storyboards for numerous TV commercials. Bailer returned to his love of painting. Brent received many awards and prizes for his pastels over the years at art shows throughout the country. Brent transitioned peacefully in 2015 surrounded by his family.


KENNIS B. BAPTISTE: Started his artistic journey by experimenting with acrylic and oil paints. He had no idea that he could produce such work without practicing or having prior art education. Most of his initial works were figurative portraiture studies. He later started to study and experiment with different abstract ways of capturing movement and energy. During his experimental period, Baptiste was able to find his own unique style of expression. As an urban artist of African and Caribbean decent, Baptiste believes that inspiration can be found almost anywhere. All one has to do is open their eyes, keep an open mind and draw their inspiration from what they see in their community and in the world. Baptiste’s work is also influenced by mentors, friends and fellow artists in the fine arts community. As Baptiste feels that knowledge is the key to success, he will be continuing to educate himself as he travels on his artistic journey.

 
JERRY BARRY: Born in Guyana, South America. In 2003, Jerry received M.F.A from The Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. In 1980 received B.S. in Art Education from Illinois State University. During his art teaching career in Guyana, he held the position of Chief Art Instructor at the E.R. Burrows School of Art from 1985 to 1988.

 

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.

AMEERAH BRIGGS: is a visual artist and actress based in Brooklyn. With acting at the forefront, Briggs has always been a Fine Artist. Beginning with drawing at a very young age, she developed her creativity working in raku clay, oil painting, graphite drawing, and her current portrait series with batik fabrics.  Briggs studied Studio Art and received a BFA in Theatre Performance at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. A few of her acting credits include M. Night Shyamalan's Split, Equal Standard opposite Marc John Jefferies and “Leaving The Blues” at The Flea Theatre in Manhattan. 


PATRICIA BRINTLE: A self-taught artist Patricia Brintle’s works are vibrant and remind the viewer of her native Haiti. Brintle’s approach to painting varied; she does not follow any particular school but rather lets her rich culture guide her creative muse. Her paintings are infused with complex symbolisms that seem, at first glance, simple but reveal themselves upon further examination. Her style is as varied as her subjects but she favors bright and vivid colors as she explores the universality of human emotions in every one of her artworks. Many of Brintle’s works addressstrong issues such as nuclear disarmament, the Holocaust and the Haitian earthquake. Several of her works are featured in movies and grace the covers and pages of books, magazines, and publications. Brintle belongs to several art organizations and exhibits internationally. Brintle is also the president of From Here to Haiti, Ltd. (FHTH), a non-profit all-volunteer charity doing repair work in Haiti, and donates most of the proceeds from the sale of her artworks to FHTH.


RAMONA CANDY: A motivational artist, curator, choreographer on canvas, accidental historian and occasional blogger. She is currently Director of the Council for the Arts at St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn Campus where she presents arts programming for the college community and surrounding neighborhood. She has also worked as a choreographer with “Dances for a Variable Population” in NYC; is on the Board of Clark Center NYC, a dance legacy project, and sings with a chorus in Clinton Hill. Her own art can be found in private and public collections including the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth Ambulatory Care Center; Dunn Development Corporation; Museu Brasileiro da Escultura - MuBE Sao Paolo, Brasil; Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute - Utica, NY. Her work was the featured art for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceAfrica 2010 and the International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park. Her art has also been featured on the set of television’s “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Breaks,” the film, “Black Nativity and will soon seen on an upcoming episode of “Orange is the New Black.” Ramona was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, is inspired by her Caribbean heritage, her dance career and growing up in Brooklyn. With unbounded gratitude, she credits her late mom – a single mother who was resourceful, innovative and creative - for all her talents.


ROBERT CARTER: Born in Louisville, Kentucky. Carter earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree at the prestigious Pratt Institute of Fine Arts in New York. His paintings, drawings and illustrations are consistently in demand by collectors throughout the United States. As an artist/illustrator his work is in the permanent collections of museums and private collectors throughout the United States, while being represented in numerous art books and other related publications, as well as his work as a contract illustrator for major New York publishers. Robert is a distinguished professor of art at Nassau Community College, The State University of New York, where he teaches drawing, painting and design. He is a sought-after lecturer and demonstrator in numerous public schools, universities and private art organizations. Recent exhibitions this past year include Dallas, Texas (one-person show); Atlanta, GA.; Philadelphia, PA.; New York City, National Black Art Exhibition and other New York area exhibitions


DIANE COLLINS: Lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant. She was always “a maker.” As a child she opened her first box of crayons and her love of art began. Her acrylic and mixed media paintings “capture the feeling” of memorable moments. She layers color upon color, leaving traces of the artistic journey as part of the finished piece. She works in acrylic, pencil, paper, crayon, and objects found immediately at hand. Collins’ work has been exhibited at Gallery H, New York NY; Borough Hall, Brooklyn NY; Zion Art Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY; Fulton Art Fair, Brooklyn NY; Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Simon Liu, Brooklyn NY.


STANWYCK E. CROMWELL: Guyanese-born, second generation visual artist and an Adjunct Art professor at Capital Community College, in Hartford CT. He has spent the vast majority of his adult life in the United States of America and currently resides in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Despite his lengthy absence from his country of origin, his memories of Guyana are rich and abundant. Stanwyck uses a rich colorful palette that is reminiscent of his cultural identity. The mixtures of cultures in American society, have played a very important role in his ability to create art that speaks to not only to the eyes, but most important, the soul. Stanwyck is a current member of some visual arts organizations, including, WEUS1 Artists Collective, Harlem, NY, Black Dimensions in Art, Inc., Albany, NY and others. Stanwyck is always exploring new artistic horizons, in search of knowledge and innovation. He is comfortable with almost any medium and frequently fuses paintings of his drawings and drawings of his paintings. This practice allows him to direct his creative energy in various directions, as opposed to focusing on one particular piece of art. In so doing he has devised ways and means of manipulating certain mediums based on their applications and drying time.


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.


FRANK FRAZIER: A self-taught artist whose concerns revolve around the movement of black art galleries and Black art in America. He states that, "I’m concerned about the future of the black artist; the lasting effect of our work on our own children. It’s important that we, as artists, make some statements to affect change." He has been working with collage on and off for about 7 years, incorporating "Pieces I pick up from my trips to Africa." Frazier says. He uses swatches of vibrantly colored Kente cloth and figurines from countries such as Ghana and Upper Volta, and from the Ashanti tribe. His company is called "Visions in Black Gallery", run by his wife, Judy. Frank Frazier’s work has been featured in books, films and television and movies like, ‘Waiting to Exhale’, ‘Coming to America’, ‘Frank’s Place’, and ‘Bustin’ loose’. Exhibitions of his art include shows at the African American museum, Hempstead, New York; Armour J. Blackburn Gallery, Howard University, Washington, D.C.; Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Dallas; and the Brooklyn Museum.


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. Their power, displayed through their expression, gesture and adornments, seem often suspended in an otherworldly environment. They speak of a spiritual world overflowing with compassions and empathy. In this regard, his work is uniquely distinctive.


ROBIN GRANT: a self-taught artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at Albany State University for undergraduate and City College of New York CUNY where she earned BS/MS degrees in Education. She taught school in New York City more than 30 years. During 2012, Robin became interested in street photography. On Prince Street, she met Photographer Jean Andre Antoine who specializes in shooting photography with a vintage Polaroid camera. He became a friend and mentor who introduced her to the art of shooting film.


RICHARD GREEN: When I was five, my mother gave me my first camera, a Brownie Hawkeye. Photography offers me a moment in time that exclusively belongs to me. The lens offers me an outstanding waiver to a mundane reality that we all share. My love of history offers a blend with photography. I can tell the parallel events visually and orally. Most notable, I had the privilege to meet, Dr. James Van Der Zee, the stellar icon of this notable art.

Dr. MYRAH BROWN GREEN: Art historian, art consultant, lecturer, and independent curator. Raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her love for arts began in childhood while spending countless hours creating at the community art center, and during frequent excursions to culturally rich art institutions.  She moved to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute.  Dr. Myrah is also a professional quilt maker who has been quilting and teaching textile arts for more than thirty years.  Her quilts are in a number of prestigious collections, including the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC., and Michigan State University.


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.


TOMAS HULL: Exhibited in numerous venues across the tri-state area, some of which include the Art Council of Princeton, Dorsey Gallery, the Brooklyn Borough President's Office, Eastern Shore (NY) Chapter of The Links Inc and the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building. Tomas began his passion for painting while attending grammar school in the city of Colon, Panama, and continued his studies at The Art Council of Princeton and Mercer Community College. After 36 years and following his retirement from the United States Postal Services, Tomas decided to pursue his love for art on a full-time basis. Tomas is most noted for his series of abstract works entitled "Legs" and most recently was a featured artist in the "I Kan Do Dat" exhibition curated by Oshun Lane at LIU's Salena Gallery.


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 exhibited his artwork at WBGO Jazz radio station in Newark NJ, Fulton Art Fair, Bailey Café, and is affiliated with the Dorsey Art Gallery. 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.
 


AL JOHNSON: Illustrator, fine artist painter, educator and mentor. Johnson has exhibited internationally from the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan to Guangzhou International Art Fair in China to exhibitions in New York City. Johnson created the original renderings of the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. Mr. Johnson created a 5 x 7 feet oil on canvas commissioned portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm installed permanently at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Mr. Johnson’s original painting “The Arrivals” was presented at the Council of the Democratic National Conference to First Lady Mrs. Obama. As a sought-after storyboard artist Mr. Johnson continues to communicate the Director’s voice in the commercial and feature film industry. Mr. Johnson accomplished a residency in France and a one-man exhibition at La Maison des Arts Gallery, Port-Barcares, France. 

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.


BROOKE JULIEN: An emerging Brooklyn based visual artist. For 6 years, through traveling, experiencing nature and embracing different cultures, Brooke showcases each adventure through her photography and films, capturing the depth, strength, passion and a sense of humanity through all walks of life. Her first photo travel series began while volunteering in Africa 2017, learning the language and customs of Ghanaian culture. She focuses her work on authenticity and tranquility, depicting the beauty within the chaos.


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.


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.


JIDE OJO: Nigerian born artist Ojo arrived in New York City in October 1972 with the goal to continue his Art Education. He obtained a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts and a Master degree of Communications Design while working as a security guard, a messenger, and a dishwasher in New York City. While completing his masters, he won a scholarship to continue his education. Ojo earned a doctoral degree from Columbia University, NY in July 1984. He retired after teaching for 27 years in The New York City Public School System. Ojo is represented in private collections in Nigeria and the United States. Solo Exhibitions: Arts Gallery, 526 West 26th St, Suite 311, New York, NY; Skylight Gallery at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Center Arts and Culture, Brooklyn, NY; La Mama La Galleria, 6E First Street, New York, NY; Painting: ABBA Studio Gallery, 561 Broadway, New York, NY;
Painting: Certification and Doctoral Shows, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; Thesis Exhibition, Communications Design: Master of Science in Communications Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Thesis Exhibition, Graphic Design: Ordinary Diploma in Commercial Art, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria.


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.


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.

 

ROBERT V. REID: Born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago and raised in its rich cultural milieu, light, color, and movement are deeply embedded in Robert V. Reid’s collective unconscious. He arrived in New York, as a trained architectural draftsman, with a passion for painting. His immersion into the New York art scene led him to study at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Students League. Selected group exhibitions: Iggy pop "Life Class Exhibition " Royal Academy of Arts London; Iggy Pop " Life Class Exhibition Brooklyn Museum New York; Dorsey Art Gallery, Brooklyn NY; The Studio Museum Harlem, New York.

 

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.


ED SHERMAN: Photographer, curator and art administrator. Sherman is a former United States Marine Corps photographer. He has worked as a video broadcast journalist, camera operator and editor for NBC News affiliate, WNYT in Albany, NY. Sherman is the former national and New York president of National Conference of Artists. Selected Exhibitions: The Louvre Museum, Paris, France; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, NY; California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles, CA; Howard University Fine Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C.


DEBORAH SINGLETARY: A contemporary urban folk artist, whose artwork has appeared in The New Yorker and New Woman magazines, The New York Daily News, Painting from the Source, (HarperCollins), Making What Your Means Can’t Buy (Vision Carriers Press) and Art’s Buoyant Felicity: An Anthology – Art/Creativity/Healing (Evolutionary Girls). She was included in The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s major show, “Black New York Artists of the 20th Century.” Much of Deborah’s artwork is inspired by her southern and African roots. Sought after for her paintings, assemblages, and word wands, Deborah’s recent exhibition credits include: American Hoodoo and Southern Black American-Centric Spiritual Ways, Rush Gallery, New York City, Her Story: Voice Vision & Memory, LeRoy Neiman Art Center, Harlem, NY, and On the Matter of Water, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York City.


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.


TABITHA THEOGENE: A Brooklyn born artist. She began training in her senior year of high school at Grayson Tech High School. Theogene continued her training at Kingsborough Community College and had received the Fine Arts Award and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts. Mythology, folk stories, stories in religion and other stories that contain morals or lessons that are taught and learned in reality and how it affects us spiritually and mentally, are what drive the artist to paint. She is inspired by artists who were also moved to make images based on morals, events, and other aspects in life and within ourselves such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Jean Michel Basquiat and more. Theogene has participated in many shows within Brooklyn and New York City – Dorsey Art Gallery, Fulton Art Fair and Medgar Evers College.

WILLIE TORBERT: was born in Buffalo, New York.  He studied art at the Pratt Institute, City College of New York, and Medgar Evers College. Before becoming a full-time artist, Torbert taught art in the New York Public School system for ten years.  Torbert has spent his life exploring African American culture through creative and complex collage art. He produces highly stylized representations of a wide variety of mostly Afro-Centric themes from musicians and heroic warriors to everyday people. By building up layers of various mediums including collage, watercolor, printmaking and pencil techniques, he has masterfully created his repertoire of textures and patterns to depict composite scenes of African American life. He exhibited at galleries and his works are included in many prominent collections


JEAN DOMINIQUE VOLCY: A natural born talented artist. His passion for art started at a very young age with his elaborate drawings and water color paintings. Later, he visited the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop; there he acquired additional knowledge for his artistic career, under the guidance of a master artist Otto Neals. Volcy primary medium is oil and acrylic. Volcy’s paintings capture the essence and depth of many aspects that we experience in our life, personifying beauty through his well-defined sense of color, form and balance. His works are included in many books and catalogues. Volcy has participated in many exhibitions in the Metropolitan area and abroad: The Restoration Center for Art & Culture – Brooklyn, NY; The Brooklyn Museum – Brooklyn, NY; The Bronx Museum – Bronx, NY; La Maison des Arts – Montreal, Canada; Dorsey Art Gallery – Brooklyn, NY.

RONALD WALTON: was born in New York City and is currently a resident of Brooklyn, New York and a part time resident of Petersburg, Virginia. He attended Brooklyn College and has been acclaimed for his creation of the “Rollcubistic” style of portraying human form.  He is an artist who is currently creating new work, regardless of his mood. “Art should be practiced in good, bad, high, or low spirits,” says Walton. He is multidimensional in his approach and works in pen and ink and pastels and oils. Walton’s work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States.


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.

JEFFERY L. WELCH: Born in Oakland, California and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.  Artist statement: I have always drawn and painted, sometimes with intensity and purpose, sometimes simply as a pastime, always as an exploration in mood, intuition, and pleasure.  The materials and application always play a part, whether pastel on paper, oil on canvas, or collage using 3D objects.  The style has shifted depending upon my particular inspiration in that moment or that period of time.  Welch has been included in several exhibitions throughout the US, and his works are in many corporate collections.


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.


HEATHER WILLIAMS: Born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and raised in Brooklyn, Heather is an artist and an educator currently pursuing an MFA at The School of Visual Arts in New York. She has exhibited at various galleries including the Dorsey Art Gallery. In her owned word, “My work is an investigation into social identity and what it means to expand beyond the limits placed either by society or even myself. I seek to include the power of quiet as part of that identity in order to expand upon and include all aspects of what it means to be human by using a multi-disciplinary approach.”


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.

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