grace lynne haynes

Stopped. In. My. Tracks. That is exactly what happened when I caught a glimpse of these gorgeous paintings by California born, New Jersey based artist Grace Lynne Haynes… those flat fields of color and dizzying patterns? LOVE! I found Grace’s striking, beautifully composed, candy-hued work through this article in Elle Magazine, written by Rose Minutaglio. Here are a few excerpts from that interview:

Elle: How has your perspective on art and beauty changed in 2020?

GLH: Nina Simone once said: “It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.” I agree. It’s my job as an artist to reflect what is going on in our world right now, so I’m constantly thinking about what my work will mean years from now. I hope people will understand the era I was creating in. Black womanhood is constantly taking on new forms. We’re also in a period where, for the first time in history, women are empowered to pursue their passions and go after careers that weren’t available to us before. I want the Black woman’s perspective to be part of that conversation.

… It’s a whirlwind moment for Haynes, who has reservations about her meteoric rise to the top. “Black women in the art world can be tokenized,” she says. “Art has a habit of becoming trendy, whether that’s Black art or women’s art, and the industry likes to hop on bandwagons. Then, when the trend is over, the artist suffers.”

Sadly, she’s not wrong about bandwagons in the art world. Let’s make damn sure that doesn’t happen this time around, yes? Yes. {Read the full article here}.

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