March 31-April 28, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist will be in attendance
Newsum's work demonstrates the influence of West African art. His work is often filled with a signature combination of marks, and abstract patterns along with fish, birds, and ladders. His compositional style feels childlike; however, his subject matter centers on cultural climates, political statements, and world events. The contrast of his naive style and serious content lend a multi-dimensional quality to his pieces. In his own words, Newsum has said "I want to provoke thought or conjecture from the viewer. My paintings are collections of thoughts in a single composition, with the power to present more than one interpretation."
His works are part of many important collections including the forthcoming permanent collection for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; African American Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Houston; and Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin.
Floyd Newsum received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Memphis Academy of Arts, Memphis, Tennessee.