San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Marcellous Lovelace is 2017blackart for 7102
Artist Statement / Bio: Marcellous Lovelace the Afro Urban Indigenous Folk Artist
The art form that I practice is Painting in Mixed Media with Found Materials. I paint from my experience living on the South Side of Chicago and Living in Poverty in the State of Illinois. I use found objects throughout the City of Chicago and The State of Illinois as reference of my surroundings in my work. I work on everything from old found pieces of paper, garbage cans, tires, mattresses and used construction material found from torn down buildings. Chicago is such a diversely segregated environment it influences struggle and pain. I learned to call myself an Afro Urban Indigenous Folk Artist. The tragedies that occur in my city help me reinterpret the oppression on all surfaces.
I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago in a community called Roseland. This segregated poverty stricken environment helped me to develop over 400 images a year over the last 25 years of my life. My environment is so negative it helps me to create beauty form this struggle. I paint because it’s the only thing that feels good after feeling like I’m trapped in world that has no hope. I also have lived in place in Chicago known as Terror Town on the South Side of Chicago that is also highly populated with gang activity due to the fact the city really doesn't care about what happens to the underprivileged citizens in the city. Terror Town is near 75th and Exchange off of South Shore Drive, in this area I painted a large portion of my work in a residence that was controlled by drug addicts and bombarded by roaches. Many of these pests and addicts ended up being a part of my work. For most of my adult life I have worked on Art regardless of the situation and I always will because these colorful problems help me to continue to see through the blight.
African (Af Ra Kam) People and Soul Black People and Art Struggle and reality all bring out a certain vibe in me -- I'm inspired by myself and my family (soul) to create images and sound for all the right reasons. For the love of myself and my kind -- Complete oneness with love and thought for the original people -- If you be your self and not anyone else you can express your self better or just give up because its not meant to be learn to build from within to connect -- With over 1000 paintings sold online and Through Shows Worldwide
When it all started : Born in 1975 the work of Marcellous Lovelace is almost completely self-taught. Since a very young age Marcellous has been into art. Raised and bred on the south side of Chicago Illinois. It all began drawing pictures from his favorite cartoons he has long had a since for color and style. His favorite subject has to be the human form or the figure. Either it is an action hero with a muscular shape or a nude black woman with a smooth well-defined shape he has always been spell bound by the human shape. Through art he has learned how to break down this form in an abstract way, or simple cubism. Art to Marcellous is the motivation from inside himself to express his deepest emotions (energy in motion) on a 2 dimensional object or in lamens terms a piece of paper. Reading from African peoples in Americas his story he has come up with many moods. From slavery to the deepest love a mother has for a son who steals from her to survive in the everyday struggle. Music is another driving force that keeps this mans mind occupied be it the most conscious of hip hop or the jazz of Alice Coltrane Marcellous has a love for his peoples creativity in sound. This musical art form is a driving factor in a studio to small to paint yet live in to put it more precisely Marcellous doesnt have a studio his paintings began on the living room floors and kitchen tables of his mothers, grandmothers, and aunts different homes. He paints in many different mediums from oil (to expensive), acrylic, pastels (favorite), glue, magazines, house paint, shoe polish, Georgia red dirt, and your simple house hold ink pens all together or separate use it can be worked out. Art is this mans passion besides the many relationships with woman that have caused a lot of the different stages of design and also inspiration of his southern born family who he loves more then anything in this universe. Self-taught Marcellous has had some schooling along the way of his stubborn born style from elementary where teachers didnt teach well because of The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys (a book by Jawanza Kunjufu) he took his own rout doing more sketching in class then passing and dealing with a lot of moving during school the younger Marcellous had to deal with many a city in the United States where he didnt fit in causing him to be self contained and real creative in places like Radcliff, KY and Memphis, TN. From these places he became a better artist and today is able to socialize with a wider variety of people and create more with any tools.
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Born Chicago, IL 1975; attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN; 2012 Du Sable Museum, Chicago, IL, 2012
Select Shows - Exhale Unlimited: 2014 I dream of … Exhibition / ArTik (Freiburg, Germany, 2014 Exposed Emotion: Broken Narratives / Kishwaukee College Gallery, Malta, IL 2014 All of Us or None (Poster Show) / American Friends Service Committee , Philadelphia, PA, 2014 South Main Street Mosaic Project / Downtown Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2014 South Side Manifest (Group Show/Co - Prosperity Sphere), Chicago, IL, 2014 Boom Project Hip Hop Art Show / Marshal Arts, Memphis, TNTwitter Art Exhibit, Los Angeles, Ca, 2013, 2013 Evens Odds MEMEZ4LULZ show, St Petersburg, Fl, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2011 Silver Room Block Party Art Showing, Chicago, IL, 2011 Billboard Project, New Orleans, LA, 2011 A.I.R. Gallery 4x6 Show, New York, NY, 2011 Frick and Frock Art Show, Nancy, France, 2010 Zombie Resurrection of Fela Kuti Group Show, San Francisco, CA, 2010 Life Over Aids Group Show at Caritas Village, Memphis, TN, 2008 Fall into The Arts (Illinois Wesleyan University), Normal, IL, 2006 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2005 Headlands Group Show, San Mateo, CA, 2005 The University Of Memphis African Diaspora, Memphis, TN, 2003 Griffin Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2002 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2001 The Museum Of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
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