Medium: Oil / gold foil on canvas
Size: 24″ x 48″
The idea came about from a discussion about art and how old it really is. When did the first man put an image onto a surface? I decided to research for this and gather information. Once I had some answers, I began a layout process through sketches.
This painting is an historical time progression of the African American artist from the ancestral beginning into the future. I use a string with knots, called a story line, to weave this story together. In Australian Aborigine tradition, the story of each tribe is committed to memory and recited by the shaman using a knot and its place on a string to jog his memory. The Aborigines claim to have the entire story of man from the beginning of time in the form of oral history.