Amina Contemporary Arts Announces Participation in Group Exhibition

VALENCIA, CA – Friday, April 17, 2003 – Local artist, Larry Richardson of Amina Contemporary Arts, is proud to announce his participation in the group exhibition, Cultural Transitions and Figurative Expressions, currently running through May 18. While his art will be displayed at the William Grant Still Art Center, an historic landmark and former firehouse of Engine #67, the show is a cooperative effort with FDG Fine Art Gallery (both in southwest Los Angeles).

With the primary emphasis on works of African American contemporary figurative artists in Southern California, the exhibit takes you on a journey from past to present to depict the beauty and richness of the African Culture in America. The exhibition features a total of five Southern California artists and includes special panel discussions and presentations scheduled throughout the exhibit.

Specializing in Afro-American figurative work Richardson was inspired early in his career by the Afro-American figurative Expressionist Robert Colescott, and the French artist Jacque-Louis David for his richness in color and detail and the large narrative format. Some of his work shows the lack of objectivity in history by creating images that juxtapose blacks with medieval times. Richardson points out that, “these Images in fine art have always been here, but they’ve just been disregarded or considered unimportant.”

Richardson’s exposure to the San Francisco Bay Area art scene in his early days and his fascination with the large expressionistic works of Robert Colescott carries over into his work today. “I like to push an idea as I push the colors of my pallet. I want to stimulate thought when people look at my paintings and have them question the past as well as the future,” says Richardson.

For more information about the show, Cultural Transitions and Figurative Expressions, please contact William Grant Still Art Center at (323) 734-1164 or FDG Fine Art Gallery at (323) 737-4985.