Artist Spotlight: Jerrell Gibbs

Paintings by Baltimore-based artist Jerrell Gibbs. Retracing family memories and the origin of his own life, Gibbs examines intimate and joyous moments from his childhood while affirming the multilayered experience of the African-American diaspora. As described further by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Gibbs’s views on body politics, race, and socio-economic disparities are informed by his upbringing in Baltimore:

“Through his figurative portraits, Gibbs accentuates banal representations of black identity by depicting empathy, inviting the possibility for a spiritual connection. The works are adapted from small polaroids, adapted into life-size paintings. The artist draws from revised characters in his own life and narratives such as Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts, mimicking their playful illustrative style.”

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