A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST by Curator, Robin King

What is a dope woman artist? It’s a visual artist who works hard. Approval from others does not define her. She is a woman who encourages and inspires other women. She is a woman who does not apologize for being dope.

 

The entire month of August 2020, Art Now After Hours celebrated a new dope woman artist daily. My goal was to explore, discover and share these dope artists on our social media platform. Then after my journey was completed to celebrate these artists on our website. August was also a month where the first woman of color, Kamala Harris became a Vice President Nominee!!! The only time I would miss a daily posting on social media is when I could not focus. This was due to men being shot or murdered in America (e.g., Jacob Blake, Anthony Hurber and Joseph Rosenbaum). Not being able to go home due to Pandemic. Then there was the death of actor, Chadwick Boseman.

 

August was a very draining month both mentally and emotionally. But what gave my spirit light was late at night. Strolling through these artist’s website, social media and articles. I never planned on what artist I would celebrate until the day before. So it made my nightly adventure exciting. Would spend my nights relaxing my mind and body in bed looking at art. Rediscovering artists I already knew and discovering new artists. Each of these dope women artist’s work inspired me to get the fuck out of bed and get shit done.

WEEK 1: JULY 30th – AUGUST 7th

THURSDAY, JULY 30TH: Suzy McGlown (Mother)

FRIDAY, JULY 31st: Beverly McIver

MONDAY, AUGUST 3rd: Luciana Pampalone

TUEDAY, AUGUST 4thth: Sylvia Maier

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5th: Stella McGloire

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6th: Caledonia Curry aka Swoon

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7th: Faith Ringgold

 

WEEK 2: AUGUST 10TH – AUGUST 14TH

MONDAY, AUGUST 10TH: Ke-Sook Lee

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11TH: Grazia Inserillo

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12TH: Grazia Inserillo

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13Tt: Artist Talk featuring Grazia Inserillo

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH: Myrna Baez

 

WEEK 3: AUGUST 17TH – AUGUST 21ST

MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH: Sadikisha Collier

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18TH: Rosie Thompson

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19TH: Deborah Roberts

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20TH: Cara Romero

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST: Laura Wheeler Waring

 

WEEK 4: MONDAY AUGUST 24TH – MONDAY, AUGUST 31ST

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH: Gay Pasley

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27th: Saba Taj

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 31ST: Amy Sherald


THURSDAY, JULY 30TH

 

THE DOPE WOMAN QUEEN: Suzy McGlown (Mother)

First dope woman I’m celebrating is my mother, Suzy McGlown. I’m very fortunate to have a mother, that love and appreciate the arts and creativity. A woman who continues to support and encourage my creative journey of discovering, sharing and celebrating artists. Thank You momma.

FRIDAY, JULY 31st

 

DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Beverly McIver

If God is a woman and an artist, she would have the hands of Beverly. Art Now After Hours celebrates @bmciverart❤️🖼🎨💃🏽🔥. Thank you😘

 

http://beverlymciverart.com/

https://www.instagram.com/bmciverart/

https://www.facebook.com/beverly.mciver


MONDAY, AUGUST 3rd

 

DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Luciana Pampalone

Her eyes can capture the beauty of any woman. Art Now After Hours celebrates artist @lucianapampalone❤️📸🎨🖼💃🏽🔥. Thank you for inspiring and making women look/feel so [email protected] good. Love Us😘

 

www.lucianapampalonestudios.com

https://www.instagram.com/lucianapampalone/

https://www.facebook.com/lpampalone

Photo of artist, Luciana Pampalone

1) PROVOCATIVE Portraits

2) Beauty and Beautiful Bodies

3) Hamptons Vintage

4) Home and Tabletscapes

5) Fashion Erotica

6) Natural Beauty and Body

7) Hamptons Vintage


TUESDAY, AUGUST 4thth

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Sylvia Maier

When I think of the Old Master painters, I think of Sylvia. Day 4 of celebrating dope women artists for the month of August. Art Now After Hours celebrates @sylviamaiernyc❤️🎨🖼💃🏽🔥 @malingallery

Seinfeld, “The Soup” Season 7 Episode 6. Elaine had to sit down after tasting this amazing soup. It was like Elaine was going to faint. Would also have an episode called “The Painting” showing the greatness of Sylvia’s work🔥🔥🔥.

 

http://sylviamaier.com/

https://www.instagram.com/sylviamaiernyc/

https://www.facebook.com/sylviamaier

Photo of artist, Sylvia Maier

Circle of Mothers series all large paintings 48×48 inches oil on aluminum

1) Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo

2) Hawa Bah, mother of Mohammed Bah

3) Constance Malcom, mother of Ramarley Graham

4) Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez

Currency series

5) Andre, oil on wood, 11” x 14”

6) Asami, oil on wood, 11” x 14” Circle of Mothers series

7) Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5th

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Stella McGloire

Art Now After Hours celebrates photographer @stella._magloire_❤️📸🔥. Her love for our communities and for us always translate in her photos. You never see her coming. She hides in the crowd like a ghost. Next thing you know you see a photo. Her eyes captured a moment, that is simply pure and beautiful. Thank you @bankole3 for introducing me to an incredible talent/woman.

 

https://www.instagram.com/stella._magloire_/

https://www.facebook.com/stella.magloire

Photo of artist, Stella Magloire

1) Untitled

2) Maurice “Mobetta” Brown

3) Untitled

4) Untitled

5) Dante Crichlow

 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6th

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Caledonia Curry aka Swoon

Art Now After Hours celebrate artist, Caledonia aka @swoonhq. Saw her work, video and interview @jeffreydeitchgallery NYC. It was a small intimate crowd and I remember thinking, yes this woman is very talented. Love her work, but it was her spirit. Strong, vulnerable and this deep sensitivity to human pain. She shares people’s stories through her art. Bottom line, the woman loves hard. Thank you Jonn @yrbmagazine for sharing her work with me. To all women, Love Us🙏🏽❤️💃🏽🔥

 

https://swoonstudio.org/

https://www.instagram.com/swoonhq/

https://www.facebook.com/SwoonStudio/

Photo of artist, Caledonia Curry aka Swoon

1) Portrait of Zahra, handmade paper with pulp painting and silk screen collage. Under 2007 on the Archivist Circle

2) Portrait of Walki, linoleum block print on stained mylar with acrylic and gouache paint, 2012 3)Kensington mural details. “This is a portrait of a woman that I respect with all my heart. I’ve seen her break up fights between grown men, seen her stand up to cops to defend people’s basic human rights as transient and vulnerable members of our society, all while smiling, loving everyone for exactly who they are, and calling everyone sunshine.” Swoon

4) Detail shot slice of the 2002-3 era, in the time capsule section

5) Neptune’s Wooden Angel’s the tradition of depicting a guiding protectress for a ship’s journey is a long one. In 2008 these embracing figures welcomed the rafts home, and in 2009, the portraits came on the journey.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 7th

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Faith Ringgold

Art Now After Hours celebrate The Queen @faithringgold❤️🎨🖼💃🏽👑 🔥. An activist and a woman who fought hard for change. One of the first pieces purchased by @carverbanknyc when I was their curator was by Faith Ringgold. What’s so priceless about HarlemNY is it’s history and people. What’s so priceless about attending a HBCU @nccueagle @nccuart @nccuartclub is having amazing support. Having amazing professors that teach you History and importance/beauty of culture. To all artists THANK YOU. To all teachers THANK YOU🙏🏽❤️😘

faithringgold.com

https://www.instagram.com/faithringgold/

https://www.facebook.com/drfaithringgold/

Photo of artist, Faith Ringgold

1)    The American People Series #20:Die, Oil on canvas, 72”x144” 1967

2)    Black Light Series #10: Flag For the Moon: Die Nigger, oil on canvas, 36” x 50”, 1967

3)    Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles, acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border, 74” x 80” , 1991

4)    Family of Women Series: Florence (Patterson), mixed media, 60” x 22” x 12”, 1973

5) Jazz Stories: Mama Can Sing, Papa Can Blow #1: Somebody Stole My Broken Heart, acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border, 80” x 67”, 2004


MONDAY, AUGUST 10TH

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Ke-Sook Lee

Loving this creative journey of looking, reading and sharing work exclusively by women for entire month of August. Recap of all artists will go on our website.

Art Now After Hours will kick off week 2 celebrating artist, https://www.facebook.com/kesook❤️. Her work calming and graceful. Materials used are light delicate. Ke-Sook Lee is our dope woman artist of the day❤️🎨🖼💃🏽🔥@georgebillisgallery

 

http://www.ke-sooklee.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kesook

https://www.instagram.com/kesook/

Photo of artist, Ke-Sook Lee

1) This image came out through my experience of living this long. what i see in life circle

2) Ode to Sprouts #7, 2015, Hand Embroidered thread, acrylic pigment & Vintage table cloth, 27 x 27 in

3) Flora Dance, Rice Paper Pulp, thread & mixed media Installation variable Handmade paper drawing installation, 2018

4) Stepping Forward, Embroidered thread, cotton, Silk, metallic glitter, acrylic on Canvas, & Wood frame, 18” x 22 ” 2017


TUESDAY, AUGUST 11TH – THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Grazia Inserillo

Art Now After Hours celebrate artist, @grazia_inserillo❤️🎨🖼💃🏽🔥!!! She states, “ My role is twofold in the act of weaving: DRAW the skeins to see clearly and KNOT so as not to lose, not to forget.”

Y’all, I’m just fricken excited to share her work and celebrate a dope artist. We will hear her creative journey during our next Artist Talk, “Little World of Me” curated by @carlatucou Thursday 8/13 at 2pm NY and 8pm Italy.

 

https://en.graziainserillo.com/

https://www.instagram.com/grazia_inserillo/

https://www.facebook.com/grazia.inserillo

Photo of artist, Grazia Inserillo

1) INFECTION 2015
Hand Knitted wool Environmental dimensions

2) HETEROTOPOS 2014Wool on Nylon, zinc Diameter 100cm

3) BORN AGAIN 2017 Wool on tulle, wood 30 x 40cm

4) TRIGGER POINT 2017 Wool on tulle Diameter 80cm

5) URBAN ENDOSCOPIES 2014 Wool and cotton on nylon, wood MILANO #2 70 x 50cm

6) ENVELOPE 2017 Tulle, wood, plastic Diameter 80cm

7) URBAN ENDOSCOPIES 2014 Wool and cotton on nylon, wood MILANO #1 70 x 50cm


FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Myrna Baez

Today @artnowafterhours celebrate one of Puerto Rico’s master painter/printmaker artist, Myrna Báez👏🏾❤️🎨🖼💃🏽🔥. A woman who paved the way for other women🙏🏽❤️👑

 

https://www.mapr.org/en/museum/proa/artist/baez-myrna

Photo of artist, Myrna Báez
1) Self-Portrait
2) Steel Band, oil on canvas, 1962
3) Platanal, acrylic on canvas, 1974
4) Between Two Worlds, oil on canvas, 1992
5) Swamp, oil on canvas, 1977


MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTISTS: Sadikisha Collier

Week 3 of celebrating Dope Women Artists. There are these rare artists I call “spiritual” artists. When he/she hug you, it touches your soul. When you see their face/smile it touches your soul. When they speak it touches your soul. You see their work and it all makes sense.

Capturing our spirit is like when you go to church and you catch the Holy Spirit. Its not just about having people in your paintings, that look like you. It’s not just about an artist having their own recognizable painting technique. This spiritual artist has this rare special gift by God. He or She is able to touch your soul. Make your heart beat faster. Able to capture what makes black love, black sister/brotherhood, black family so unique and special. Artist, Verna Hart had this gift RIP, Others like Harris Wiltsher, Johnnie Andre Anderson, Madge Scott and TAFA.But today celebrating artist https://www.facebook.com/sadikishasaundra.collier. She brings so much empowerment to the Culture by using love.

 

https://www.facebook.com/sadikishasaundra.collier

Photo of artist, Sadikisha Collier

1) BLM, linocut, 2020

2) Masked Embrace, linocut, 2020

3) Sacred Sisters, linocut, 2014

4) Masked Nubian, A/P#1, 2020

5) Love Protected, linocut, 2020


TUESDAY, AUGUST 18TH

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Rosie Thompson

Habitat: The natural environment of an organism; place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism: a tropical habitat. the place where a person or thing is usually found. Dictionary.com. Today, @artnowafterhours celebrate sculpturist,

https://www.facebook.com/rosie.thompson.54🎨🖼💃🏽🔥. Her spirit and work brings natural peace. It makes me want to jump into a pool of water. Hold my daughters hand when we go walking. It brings a smile to my face and heart. Everyone be safe. Wear your mask😷. Enjoy habitat🙏🏽❤️

https://www.facebook.com/rosie.thompson.54

Photo of artist, Rosie Thompson

1) Habitat Series-G, painted wood, 54″x20″x5″, 2020

2) Habitat Series-R, painted wood, 52″x20″x5″, 2020

3) Little Houses with Skeletons Series-A, wood, paint, cast plastic, photo applique, 3’x3’x5″, 2018

4) Crossroads Series-V, wood, paint, photo applique, 2’x 4’x 3″, 2018 – 2019


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19TH

 

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Deborah Roberts

When viewing an artist work on social media, I like to start from their first post and work my way up to the present. Even when I do studio visits, if I can see work from high school or college, my heart starts beating a bit faster. Well my heart was beating so fast late last night. Her work had me on a creative journey so orgasmic, that I woke up this morning smiling. Today @artnowafterhours celebrate the work of artist @rdeborah191❤️🖼🎨💃🏽🔥

To all artist, thank you. Love exploring, reading and celebrating you. Everyone be safe and wear your mask😷. Make sure to VOTE!!!!🙏🏽❤️

 

http://www.deborahrobertsart.com/

https://www.instagram.com/rdeborah191/

https://www.facebook.com/rdeborah191?ref=br_rs

Photo of artist, Deborah Roberts

1) One history, two versions (Bullet Points), 2019, Screenprint on Somerset Tub Sized 600gsm, 23 2/5 × 16 1/2 in, 59.4 × 42 cm, Edition of 100 + 10AP

2) BETWEEN THEM, 80 x 61 in, Mixed Media Collage on Paper, 2019

3) THAT’S NOT LADYLIKE NO. 2, 65 x 45 in, Mixed Media Collage on Canvas, 2019

4) HOPE MIGHT SHINE (NESSUN DORMA SERIES), 65 x 45 in, Mixed Media Collage on Canvas, 2019

5) LET THEM BE CHILDREN, 120 x 45 in , Mixed Media Collage on Canvas, Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2018


THURSDAY, AUGUST 20TH

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Cara Romero

Fell in art love last night with a woman who celebrates her culture and people. A woman empowering herself to use her creativity to document and share her people stories and beauty. Today @artnowafterhours celebrate photographer @cararomerophotography🙏🏽❤️📸💃🏽🔥. This creative journey of celebrating dope women artists for the month of August empowering and spiritual. To all artists/creatives Thank You. Everyone be safe and wear your mask😷. Love Us🙏🏽❤️😘

https://www.cararomerophotography.com

https://www.instagram.com/cararomerophotography/

https://www.facebook.com/CaraRomeroPhotograph

Photo: Cara Romero
1) Kaa
2) Yucca Woman
3) Sand & Stone
4) Sisterhood is Sacred
5) Vayda


FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST

A DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Laura Wheeler Waring

Keeping it classy as we end the week. Showing love to the Harlem Renaissance. @artnowafterhours celebrate artist Laura Wheeler Waring (1887-1948). Everyone be safe. Wear your mask😷 and enjoy your weekend🙏🏽❤️😘

http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/dec/14/painter-laura-wheeler-waring-noted-her-portraits-a/

https://www.nancychurnin.com/thekidsareallwrite/5n9ncx4mhdx9smt6rckfnb5n7ze9yx

Photo of artist, Laura Wheeler Waring
1) Marian Anderson, oil on canvas, 1944
2) After Sunday Service, oil on canvas, 1940

3) Alma Thomas, 1945

4) Laura Wheeler, oil on canvas


TUESDAY, AUGUST 25ST

 

DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: GAY PASLEY

I’ve been falling in art love with this woman for the past 4 weeks. Now, I’m in complete love. She is a professional nurse, writer and community leader. A woman who uses her personal experiences to capture images that gives hope and empathy. We celebrate photographer https://www.instagram.com/gaypasleyofficial/. Thank You for sharing your eyes with us and David Rhodes, Thank You for sharing your discovery with me😘. Everyone be safe. Wear your mask 😷. Love Us😘

 

https://www.instagram.com/gaypasleyofficial/

https://www.facebook.com/pasley.gay/

Photo: Photographer, Gay Pasley
1) Girl Tossing Grain
2) Mobsters of Light
3) Justice for All
4) I See You
5) Hold Your Hands Up, Don’t Shoot


THURSDAY, AUGUST 27th

DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: Saba Taj

Late with posting. Got caught up in my feelings with all the……….happening in America🙏🏽❤️. Maybe this artist’s work will inspire and/or put a smile on your face.
@tituscandraw did you know about artist @itssabataj?! She graduated from the best HBCU and art department in the world as you and I @nccueagle @nccuart @nccuartclub !!! She then received her M.F.A. from one of our sister schools @uncchapelhill @unc_arts
Today @artnowaferhours celebrate artist @ssbataj. Wednesday 8/26 at 1:34am, doing what I normally do, exploring. Gold was discovered. Will let her art speak for itself🔥🔥🔥.
Wishing everyone a safe blessed day🙏🏽❤️. Wear your mask😷. Vote. Love Us😘

 

itssabataj.com

https://www.instagram.com/itssabataj/

https://www.facebook.com/itssabataj

MUSLIMAHS SERIES
Photo: Artist, Saba Taj

1)Sophia, Acrylic, gold leaf, rhinestones on canvas, 30” x 40” 2014
2)Amna, Acrylic, Spray paint and rhinestones on canvas, 30” x 40” 2013
3)Nima, acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on canvas, 18” x 18” 2016
4)Najah, Gold leaf, graphite and acrylic on canvas, 18” x 18” 2016


MONDAY, AUGUST 31ST

 

DOPE WOMAN ARTIST: AMY SHERALD

Today last day of August @artnowafterhours celebrate @asherald❤️🖼🎨🔥!!! We are ending the month celebrating a dope woman painter who captures our stories on canvas. Making sure women like #breonnataylor are not forgotten. To all women artists, look forward to exploring, discovering and sharing your work. Will write a recap of all artists celebrated in August on our website Art Now After Hours. Will place link on our social media platforms also. Women, LOVE Y’ALL and THANK YOU🙏🏽❤️📸🎨🖼💃🏽🔥

Per my momma, “REMIND your people to be sure and complete their CENSUS!! They can call 844-339-2020 if they haven’t rcvd their form in the mail. They can also do it ONLINE or OVER THE PHONE!!! It’s Top Priority for US to be counted!!! Thanks sweetie pie👍🏽❤️.”

 

http://www.amysherald.com/

https://www.instagram.com/asherald/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-work-amy-sherald-focuses-ordinary-people-180973494

Photo: Artist, Amy Sherald with her portrait of Breonna Taylor, Oil on Canvas, 2020
1)
Breoynna Taylor cover of Vanity Fair Magazine, 2020
2) She was learning to love moments, to love moments for themselves
2017, 54 x 43 inches, Oil on Canvas
3) The Bathers 2015, 74 x 72 inches, Oil on Canvas
4) Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance) 2014, 54 x 43 in, Oil on Canvas

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