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A Round-Up of Black Figure Art in a Variety of Styles

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A Round-Up of Black Figure Art in a Variety of Styles

Ever since adding this lovely print to our family room, I can't get over how meaningful it feels to add art that represents you. Art is highly subjective and beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder but I have memories going back to my childhood of feeling 'other' as a result of not seeing my skin or hair represented in the dolls I played with, the TV shows I watched (maybe that's why I really wanted to name our first baby Theo- hello the Cosby Show! We felt SEEN), the beauty/fashion magazines I read, and more. Though there's always more work to do, we're fortunate that there are many more options now. ♥
A Round-Up of Black Figure Art in a Variety of Styles
Festooned art (other sources listed here)

When I started searching for art featuring black faces, while there was more than say, none, it was still difficult to find what I was looking for. Most of what came up looked like this (below). I'd like to say loud and clear, nothing is wrong with these. It's just not my style. So I scoured my favorite art sources to find pieces that featured black women and were more my style. I hope some of them resonate with you too!


My Favorite art prints featuring Black women: 

Art is listed by title below and with a "shop the post" widget at the end of the post!

A Round-Up of Black Figure Art in a Variety of Styles

This round-up is obvi not all-inclusive. I searched some of my go-to sources and chose pieces I love in a variety of styles- even vintage with is tough to find! A couple of disclaimers- let's just call them Brown women since who really knows their ethnicity? Also, not all of the artists are Black so just a heads up if you're trying to support Black artists specifically. Ok, enough chatting- here are the sources:

Row 1: 

Red Sun Art Print by Domonique Brown 
At Bay by Clare Elsaesser 
paramount by Marabou Designs
Silky Pastels by Meta Wraber

Row 2:

Little One by Clare Elsaesser 
how far is a light year? by Alexander Grahovsky
Festooned by Marabou Designs

Row 3:

Cool in the Shade by Meta Wraber
Olivia by Victoria Bradley Studio (You can see it in action here!)
The Wait by Clare Elsaesser 
Top Knot 27 by Elizabeth Mayville (also check out Top Knot 35!)

Row 4:

Victoria via Vintage Supply
Je m'ennuie by Valery Lemay
Moody Portrait via Vintage Supply
Afro 1 by Elizabeth Mayville

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A Round-Up of Black Figure Art in a Variety of Styles


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