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  • Maruvian Triple Feature
    • Maruvian Triple Feature
    • Maruvian Triple Feature
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  24" x 30" Using Plastic Space gives me a great license to abstract ancient masks and blend them together into an artistic composition of interest. The three masks featured in this composition represent strength and power as well as healing.
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  • Maruvian Akuaba Mask
    • Maruvian Akuaba Mask
    • Maruvian Akuaba Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" These 10" x 10" mask paintings are part of my "paint a small work a day for one month" attempt. This actually took 4 days. I am getting faster but the oils do take time to set when working in layers. The legend of the origination of the Akua'ba doll comes from the…
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  • Maruvian Baga II Mask
    • Maruvian Baga II Mask
    • Maruvian Baga II Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The ancient Baga people had rich traditions of multi-functional masks and sculpture. This mask was created to bring healthy fertility to the women of the community. These masks were huge and worn on the shoulders during the dance ceremony.
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  • Maruvian Bakota Mask
    • Maruvian Bakota Mask
    • Maruvian Bakota Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" Inspired by the funiary Bakota masks of Africa often used to represent those departed family spirits from a positive perspective. Many of these masks have used copper and brass in their designs making them quite striking. I have incorporated some of this coloring in my painting.
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  • Maruvian Bakuba II Mask
    • Maruvian Bakuba II Mask
    • Maruvian Bakuba II Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" The lines of this mask were a challenge to translate into Plastic Space and were fun to explore. I decided to revisit this mask and add more color. This art producing group from the Congo is known for their elaborate traditional carvings typically using many lines and elaborate hair renditions. Once…
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  • Maruvian Bakwele Mask
    • Maruvian Bakwele Mask
    • Maruvian Bakwele Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" This painting is inspired by the ancient Bakwele dance mask of people that lived in Northern Gabon. The mask was used to bring people of different tribes together in harmony. It is distinct in the two long horns representing the sprite like spirit of the antelope.
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  • Maruvian Baluba Mask
    • Maruvian Baluba Mask
    • Maruvian Baluba Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" The ancient Luba (or Baluba) were often a ferociously warlike people when confronted by the colonials trying to occupy their lands. They had rich and diverse artistic traditions, and much of their strength is reflected in the masks.
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  • Maruvian Bassa Mask
    • Maruvian Bassa Mask
    • Maruvian Bassa Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" This piece is inspired by the ancient BASSA, MASKS of Liberia. It is an exploration of features that are distinct to the region. By using my signature style of plastic Space, I am able to abstract this mask into an interesting collection of features and design.
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  • Maruvian Celebration Mask
    • Maruvian Celebration Mask
    • Maruvian Celebration Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  11" x 14" Inspired by a mask from Ghana used for comical story telling and celebration. The use of bright colored ribbons attached to the mask, waving in the wind as the dancer prances about bringing much laughter is part of the celebratory mood. I wanted to capture the motion and joviality of the moment in…
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  • Fertility of Spirit I
    • Fertility of Spirit I
    • Fertility of Spirit I
    • 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…
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  • Fertility of Spirit II
    • Fertility of Spirit II
    • Fertility of Spirit II
    • 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…
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  • Nitty-Gritty
    • Nitty-Gritty
    • Nitty-Gritty
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 30" x 40" 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 represent the percussion instruments in this painting. They are brought together by the wood and Kente textiles that represent the direct…
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