Says the artist on his work...
Although the artwork fits into the category of painting, speaking accurately it is an amalgamation of traditional painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage processes. Content is derived from reflecting on similarities and differences in cultures. Specifically the imagery reflects the complicated definition of being African American in an increasingly global community. The figures are anonymous portraits of characters or types, who could be family members, either yours or mine. There are clues to identities, patterns viewed in the clothing or the surrounding space, historical African or European objects, all placed in ways that support the figures. For myself one’s identity is an accumulation of cultures one meets both directly and indirectly.
About the Artist
Leamon Green earned the BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He was awarded the MFA degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Green has lived in Houston since 1990 and has taught at Texas Southern University since 1996. As painting professor, Green sets an example for the students as an artist/academician. A highly regarded artist, Green is represented by Hooks-Epstein Galleries. He completed in 1998 a commission for Bush Intercontinental Airport, Terminal B. His art is also permanently installed outdoors in the Courts District in Downtown Houston. Green is represented in numerous museums and private collections.
Professor Green has been the coordinator of the Tanzania Study Abroad Program for the past several years. With other Texas Southern faculty, he has taken over 100 students to East Africa where they have studied the history and culture of the region at the University of Dar Es Salaam.
In 2007, as a Fulbright Fellow, Professor Green studied and taught for a year in Tanzania. Many works in this exhibition were inspired by his time spent in Tanzania and Zanzibar.