"Everything is revealed to all men as they desire it to be revealed to them,
by their own definitions alone. "
- Miyamoto Musashi
To understand the revelations at the core of Keinyo White’s vibrant and extraordinary work is to understand the powerful, shaping influence of isolation.
The personal isolation of experiencing life as an African-American man at a time when black culture is struggling to retain its historic strength and unity.
The professional isolation of emerging as a black artist in a white-dominated modern art world while conquering the immensely difficult art forms of painting and collage.
The emotional isolation of a young man who felt compelled to carry the torch of black anger through his twenties only to find that same anger had left him exhausted and creatively limited.
White has now evolved from being a young and angry black artist to a master painter with a profound vision of race, hope, triumph and beauty.
From social isolation in “The Ronin”, to the effects of integration and change on the
African-American community in “What Happens to a Dream Deferred?”,
to the reverential portraits of black music and sports legends including
“Aretha”, “Satchel” and “You Don’t Know Jack”, White’s work is
evocative and enduring.
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