Details:

Through the use of a thoughtful color palette and pronounced texture, this painting communicates the encapsulated emotions of the people of the African diaspora. The artist employs her signature grid pattern in unison with visible traces of motion to accurately reflect the story of her ancestors.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Ocean Voyage

Through the use of a thoughtful color palette and pronounced texture, this painting communicates the encapsulated emotions of the people of the African diaspora. The artist employs her signature grid pattern in unison with visible traces of motion to accurately reflect the story of her ancestors. This work, part of a series, directly references the fishing trade in Africa as a historical and crucial component of life, resources, and employment on the coast. Moreover, the series likewise references the threat to this way of life as these regions become at risk due overfishing by industrial trawlers with foreign interests, bringing compromise to artisanal or small-scale fishers, a sector in which half of all those employed are women.

Along with acrylic and oil stick, the artist incorporates cowrie shells and pearls into some of these works—capturing the physicality and essence of the historical events these compositions portray. The artist uses a grid format for her meticulously layered abstract works, applying what she calls “tiles.” This format creates a sense of control while providing a geometric balance that complements the heavy content of the artist's work. Cosbert extensively researches the history of the African diaspora—including the impact and consequences of subjugation and oppression—and chooses prominent historical events and political issues for her works. Cosbert's paintings are a journey toward self discovery, focusing on her own humanistic experiences and self-expression as an African American woman of Caribbean descent (Haitian and Guyanese). The artist's works simultaneously seek to influence viewers to experience historical events from an internal perspective—as well as ignite conversations.

Specs:

40 inches
40 inches

③ Artist:

Ryan Cosbert

Ryan Cosbert’s abstract paintings employ layered grid structures and vibrant colors to convey the emotions of the people of the African diaspora. The artist’s use of the grid format creates a sense of control, while also providing a geometric balance to the heavy content of each composition. Cosbert’s works are expressions of her experience as an African American woman of Caribbean descent—Haitian and Guyanese—as well as a response to prominent historical events and political issues.

Ryan Cosbert:
Ocean Voyage, 2021
Acrylic and Oil Stick on Canvas
40.0 × 40.0 inches /