NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, July 16th, 2010 – The work of Allen Stringfellow, acclaimed artist, will be featured in the exhibition, Allen Stringfellow: Story Board 1991-2003, at the renowned Essie Green Galleries, July 16th – August 16th, 2011.
Allen Stringfellow was born in Champaign, Illinois. The son of a nightclub singer and a jazz guitarist, he was raised by his deeply religious great-grandmother. These musical and religious ties would later factor greatly in his body of work. Inspired by such artists like Romare Bearden, William S. Carter, and Jacob Lawrence, all of whom he met during the Great Depression’s WPA program, Stringfellow primarily focused on collage and watercolors, and occasionally papier mache sculptures.
Known for his use of vibrant colors and predilection for red, Stringfellow depicted lively narrative scenes with musical, religious and quotidian themes. Children, musicians and dancers seem to move and are given life through Stringfellow’s undeniably fun execution. His characters are exuberant and at times quite flamboyant, but subjects are all real people set in clubs, block parties, formal balls, homes, picnics, teas and lawns. His compositions range from the figurative to surrealist abstraction. One major theme explored in Stringfellow’s later career was the black middle class, in which he depicted the elegant leisurely life led by affluent blacks.
A video oral history of Stringfellow's artistic life was recorded in 2001 by The History Makers in Chicago. The Krannert Museum in Champaign, the second largest art museum in Illinois, opened a major exhibit of Allen's work on June 4th, 2004. Allen passed away on June 22nd that same year. His works have been exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Historical Society, the DuSable Museum of African American History the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Katzen Museum of American University and The Bank of America Corporate Center. Also his art is part of the collections of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, The College of William and Mary, The Schomburg and the Studio Museum.
The founders of Essie Green Galleries were mentored by acclaimed artist Romare Bearden. Following his guidance, the gallery specializes in exhibiting the works of America’s Black Masters since 1978.
Essie Green Galleries is located at 419A Convent Avenue, New York, NY, 10031 in the Sugar Hill Historic District of Harlem. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm. For more information please contact Sherman Edmiston, 212-368-9635 or visit www.essiegreengalleries.com.