• This is a lavish and boisterous collection of music and culture by marcella Muhammad in her unique and colorful style of abstraction. This is the last painting of 2019 completed on December 19, 2019.
  • Ancestral Ties is a Plastic Space abstract oil painting blending of cultural elements from Africa and America by Marcella Muhammad. Ancient instruments and modern are blending and swirling through cultural identifiers to create a colorful pattern of action on this canvas.
  • Wholly crafted from lustrous silk and printed with original artwork, our timeless Silk Tie will add interest to any ensemble. Our 100% linen tie pairs well with lightweight button downs and blazers. Fully printed with original art and lined with complementary cool grey, available in modern or classic widths.
  • Wholly crafted from lustrous silk and printed with original artwork, our timeless Silk Tie will add interest to any ensemble. Our 100% linen tie pairs well with lightweight button downs and blazers. Fully printed with original art and lined with complementary cool grey, available in modern or classic widths.
  • Look fabulous in the bold, crispy colors of this all-over printed dress. This pattern is from an original painting by Marcella Muhammad.
  • This Jazzy blue pattern is from an original painting by Marcella Muhammad. Look fabulous in the bold, crispy colors of this all-over printed dress.
  • This painting titled Musical Jazz is a gathering of musical instruments, musical notes and a bevy of cultural heritage images swirling in rhythmic harmony.
  • This is an original musical oil on canvas painting by Marcella Muhammad using her signature style of Plastic Space abstraction. This painting captures the ancient musical arts as they continue around to the present. The idea is based on an ancient African proverb that is prevalent in our culture today, What goes around, comes around; no matter how many musical pieces are created, the basic beats come around every time.
  • This tribute to the arts original painting is a testament to the ancestors who passed down valuable artistic creativity that continues in the creative arts of today. For purchase information contact [email protected] We do take PayPal.
  • This painting was inspired by Michael jackson's Earth Song and his question, what about us? The face is smiling but there is a tear as the music swirls.
  • Artistic creations flow through this painting in the many forms of art from painting, music, architecture, landscaping, and sculpture, to name a few.
  • This grandiloquent rendering in abstract is very bombastic. It has an air of being pompous in it's detailed content by using Plastic Space.
  • Swirls of musical notes by this musician creates a must act for the dancer in the background. Rendered in my Plastic Space abstraction.
  • Piano jazz captures the mood of intricate musical jazz played from a cultural perspective. This abstract swirls with rhythm and direction.
  • Olmec warriors predated the Maya and Aztec in ancient Mexico which proves the African migration to the Americas. The chant is from the traditional flute used in that culture.
  • Musical Jazz is an attempt to capture the impromptu rendition of musical and cultural events in abstract form from ancient to modern.
  • Jazz in the shadows is inspired by the music that is swirling around the cello player in this abstract full of cultural heritage.
  • New zealand island chant is full of cultural heritage images swirling in rhythm to a powerful chant of independence.
  • Celebrate good times with the swirling colors and beads of fun. Hints of musical instruments are captured in this Plastic Space abstraction by Marcella Muhammad.
  • This tank top is a winner. Beautiful  designs rendered in eye-popping colors.  Match with coordinated leggings or yoga leggings for the complete look.  Made in 100% polyester, made in the USA, and is soft light material. Expect 8-10 days for custom printing and delivery.
  • These leggings are made of 82% polyester and 18% spandex with an elastic waistband. Smooth and comfortable microfiber yarn and each pair is printed, cut and sewn to your order.
  • This tank top is a winner. Beautiful  designs rendered in eye-popping colors.  Match with coordinated leggings or yoga leggings for the complete look.  Made in 100% polyester, made in the USA, and is soft light material. Expect 8-10 days for custom printing and delivery.
  • Yoga leggings have a stylish waist band with the MaruvaWare logo on the back.  Leggings for workouts, casual strolls or simple relaxation sessions at home have never been this comfortable. You’ll want to wear these stretchy, soft and shiny leggings everywhere. This is a custom item. Please allow 2-3 weeks for production and shipping.
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  • These leggings are made of 82% polyester and 18% spandex with an elastic waistband. Smooth and comfortable microfiber yarn and each pair is printed, cut and sewn to your order.
  • Materials: Tapestry: 100% Cotton; Chain: 100% Aluminum; Fabric covered rod: 100% plastic; Featuring the large tapestry at 31"x 30.5".

       
  • Materials: Tapestry: 100% Cotton; Chain: 100% Aluminum; Fabric covered rod: 100% plastic; Featuring the large tapestry at 31"x 30.5".

       
  • Materials: Tapestry: 100% Cotton; Chain: 100% Aluminum; Fabric covered rod: 100% plastic; Featuring the large tapestry at 31"x 30.5".

       
  • The musical instruments are brought together by the wood and Kente textiles that represent the direct ties to an African Heritage.  I have purposefully blended the contemporary instruments with ancient instruments, resulting in a visual celebration of ancient to modern culture. The use of cowry  shells and amber beads represent the wealth of this culture.  
  • Prices vary according to format and size selected. Affordable images reflecting the positive aspects of African American culture.
  • Prices vary according to format and size selected. Affordable images reflecting the positive aspects of African American culture.
  • Prices vary according to format and size selected. Affordable images reflecting the positive aspects of African American culture.
  • Prices vary according to format and size selected. Affordable images reflecting the positive aspects of African American culture.
  • Prices vary according to format and size selected. Affordable images reflecting the positive aspects of African American culture.
  • Prices vary according to format and size selected. Affordable images reflecting the positive aspects of African American culture.
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • This painting is the first of a series of musical pieces inspired by a juried show at the Hammonds House Museum Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the show is to be "From Songhai to Symphony Hall". As I researched to find out a bit about music in the Songhai people of Africa, I discovered that it was once the greatest empire in all of Africa and greatly influenced by Islam. The music is centered from one particular instrument called a Njarka. It is a large gourd with a small hole carved into it and attached by a long neck with one string. This instrument is used to center the basic beat of all other instruments that were used in the development of music in the Songhai region. This basic one string and one beat brought to mind something the great Dizzy Gillespie once said, that "without a back beat, you ain't got no jazz" And here is proof that there has always been a back beat in our early history of music all the way to today.
  • This painting is part of a series inspired by the title "From Songhai to Symphony Hall" to participate in a traveling show through the art group AAFTA and Hammonds House Galleries Atlanta. In my research of Songhai, I discovered that a main instrument called a Njarka (a one stringed instrument) was used to hold the back beat of the musical medley being played. So I incorporated the Njarka and other stringed instruments representing the ancient to the modern. You can see the representational forms of the piano, violin, guitar, and banjo swirling in melody with the ancient Njarka as the anchor in this signature style Plastic Space abstraction.
  • I have incorporated both stringed instruments and percussion. Images of the violin, guitar, banjo, and piano represent the strings. The talking drum, snare drum, tambourine, Shakara, djembe drum, and xylophone represent the percussion instruments in this painting. They are brought together by the wood and Kente textiles that represent the direct ties to my African Heritage.  I have purposefully blended the contemporary instruments with the original instruments, resulting in a visual bridge from ancient to modern culture. Together in a triptych, Fertility of Spirit I / Soulful Strings and Percussion / Fertility of Spirit II form a bold statement of the evolution of music from ancient Africa to the Halls of modern music. Rendered in "Plastic Space", I have incorporated the doll of fertility and the carving of a spirit guide along with the textiles of kings...Kente Cloth... And modern musical notes from an old "Negro Spiritual" ..."God's Goin' to Set This World on Fire"  
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 24" x 30" This is one of two paintings inspired by being involved in an exhibition at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta using the theme, “From Songhai to Symphony Hall”.  The notes in this painting are taken from the spiritual "Wade in The Water" and the score indicates the tone of the sound of soul. I incorporated the stringed instruments of ancient Africa and those of today. The one stringed Njarka, the banjo, the piano, and the violin are evident. The addition of Kente cloth is the tie that binds them all together signifying the rhythm inspired by the ancestors. By using my signature style of "Plastic Space" I have managed to blend them all together in rhythmic waves of movement flowing in and around the objects creating a lively and colorful pattern of energy.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 24" x 30" The painting titled “Ashé” brings together the ancient and modern elements of artistic expression into creative tribute to our ancestors. Musical instruments, hand carved masks, fabric and vibrant colors swirl together to depict the rich heritage of artistic expression that has survived for centuries to be handed down to each new generation. The word “Ashé” is an African expression that means “Amen” with all the reverence and soul that one would say in church. It is said after pouring libations to each named and un-named ancestor in their memory.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size:  30" x 40" I had already painted a few of these couples in the realistic figurative style for card art to license with card companies and the original images were sitting around no longer being used. The card market has a quick turnover of images once licensed and I usually keep the originals. I decided to re-visit one of these and abstract this couple into my signature style of Plastic Space abstract just to see how it worked. I love how this one turned out. It is so different from the original sketch in that the moon grew larger with that halo around it and the background actually has the notes for the namesake song sung by David Bowie entitled “Lets Dance”. The drums and piano keys on the right and left direct the eye to explore up and around the couple as they sway to the music that contain the notes and rhythms of  that tropical beat originating from Africa.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 18" x 24" This is part of a series that I painted focusing on the hands of the musician. The hands are a translation mechanism of the music from the brain to the instrument so that the listener can enjoy exactly what the musician is thinking. The emotions and expressions flow through the hands and fingers. This series had five images, violin hands (now in a private collection); DJ scratch hands, guitar hands, piano hands and this image of  big horn hands .
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  18" x 24" This is part of a series that I painted focusing on the hands of the musician. The hands are a translation mechanism of the music from the brain to the instrument so that the listener can enjoy exactly what the musician is thinking. The emotions and expressions flow through the hands and fingers. This series had five images, violin hands (now in a private collection); DJ scratch hands, big horn hands, piano hands and this image of guitar hands .
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  18" x 24" This is part of a series that I painted focusing on the hands of the musician. The hands are a translation mechanism of the music from the brain to the instrument so that the listener can enjoy exactly what the musician is thinking. The emotions and expressions flow through the hands and fingers. This series had five images, violin hands (now in a private collection); DJ scratch hands, big horn hands, guitar hands and this image of piano hands.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 30" x 40" I chose my signature style of Plastic Space to incorporate the elements of the diversity of the arts. Music, sculpture, wood carving, visual art, architecture, hair styling, beading, textiles and landscaping are represented in this oil. It was a challenge to blend them together so there is a balance of motion and maintain interest. It was a challenge to keep the eye moving around the canvas and not be locked into the center. I managed to attain this goal through the use of color, and the direction of light and shadow to create a spiral effect for the eye to travel over the canvas..
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas wrap Size: 24" x 30" This is a tribute to all of the ancestral musicians and creative people of the past that have left the legacy for the future. I have used my signature style of Plastic Space to incorporate masks, musical notes, wood and metal carvings, Kente cloth textiles, with modern instruments such as the piano, trumpet, and violin. They are blending together as one in harmony of the past and the future.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 30" x 40" This painting was inspired by a fellow artist from the AfriCobra group that challenged me to do a painting of someone playing a banjo. This was fun to create and I do love challenges. Here are three generations of Banjo players. This is a skill handed down from father who taught his son and in turn taught his son.The three get to perform together on stage.The music they create together is so unique because of the spin that each has developed. The next generation adding his own personal flair to his skill  and finally being able to combine these talents to create fantastic melodies for the listener. The melodies travel in and around the musicians creating waves of vibrating music so palpable that the viewer can perceive these motions visually.
  • This painting is focused on a seasoned blues guitar player in Louisiana and his solo performance using Plastic Space abstraction by Marcella Muhammad. I was once able to enjoy a performance in Louisiana while having lunch in a quaint little restaurant. Good food and good music make a great combination.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas wrap Size:  24" x 30" This painting is a continuation of the musical series inspired by the title of "Songhai to Symphony Hall". It is one of two paintings that anchor the center piece called, "Soulful Strings and Percussion". They both reflect the fertility that comes from the spirit of the ancestors that cultivated the intelligence of creativity and its expression in the arts. A sound base was established by the ancestors of African Americans from which modern art forms derive their creative roots that continue to branch into the future. This spirit will continue to evolve and explore new and innovative vistas wether it is acknowledged by those "In power to declare great works of art" or not. Together in a tryptich, Fertility of Spirit I / Soulful Strings and Percussion / Fertility of Spirit II form a bold statement of the evolution of music from ancient Africa to the Halls of modern music. Rendered in "Plastic Space", I have incorporated the doll of fertility and the carving of a spirit guide along with the textiles of kings...Kente Cloth... And modern musical notes from an old "Negro Spiritual" ..."God's Goin' to Set This World on Fire"