Bobby Fisher is a photographer based in New York City and not a dead chess champion buried in Iceland. He prefers Nikon to Canon and women to men, but will do anything for money and adventure...
Brandon Coley Cox is an award-winning emerging artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Cox creates poignant metaphors and allegories whose meaning is reflected through the means of creation.
Charles M. Brow
Charles M Brow, was born and raised in Harlem, and has been drawing since his youth. He has developed an innovative style of graphite illustration that blends precise realism with abstract expressionism. His realism bears a photogenic quality, through which he articulates specific aspects of his subjects, giving them powerful graphic life. Website: www.charlesmbrow.com
He began his career by putting himself in the picture. In the late 1960s, while living in Los Angeles, the artist began a series of ‘body prints’, which he created by pressing his own margarine-coated form onto sheets of paper and dusting the impression with powdered pigment.
Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance, video, sound and 2D and 3D realms. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self-image and forward projection. Website: www.derrickadams.com
A Harlem based transdisciplinary artist, cultural worker and educator of Belizean descent. Her work tackles notions of identity, race and politics. Smith constructs elaborate sculptures and installations using very simple materials.
Ebony Patterson is a Jamaican visual artist. She studied painting at Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts and received an MFA in printmaking/drawing from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She has taught at the University of Virginia, Edna Manley College School of Visual and Performing Arts and is a former tenured Associate Professor in Painting and Mixed Media at the University of Kentucky. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Jamaica, the United States, and abroad. Website: www.ebonygpatterson.com
Painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey. Professor Ringgold is the recipient of more than 75 awards including 22 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees. Her art is included in many private and public art collections.
Gary Simmons was born in 1964 in New York and lives and works in Los Angeles. Using icons and stereotypes of American popular culture, he creates works that address personal and collective experiences of race and class. He is best known for his “erasure drawings,” in which he draws in white chalk on slate-painted panels or walls, then smudges them with his hands – a technique that renders their imagery ghostly.
Born into poverty and segregation in Kansas in 1912, Parks was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant workers published in a magazine. After buying a camera at a pawnshop, he taught himself how to use it and despite his lack of professional training, he found employment with the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which was then chronicling the nation’s social conditions. Parks quickly developed a style that would make him one of the most celebrated photographers of his age, allowing him to break the color line in professional photography while creating remarkably expressive images that consistently explored the social and economic impact of racism. Website: www.gordonparksfoundation.org
"My work is a reflection of the relationships people have with themselves and with each other. My images not only reflect life, but my participation in life as well..." –Howard Cash
James Denmark’s work speaks often of the African-American experience in historical terms, highlighting family, work life and the Harlem jazz experience.
Janette Beckman is a British-born photographer who now lives and works in New York. She began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for music magazines The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers. Moving to NYC in 1983 she was drawn to the underground hip-hop scene and photographed pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grand Master Flash and LL Cool J. Website: www.janettebeckman.com
Jerry Clicquot is a Haitian American artist, making a full circle back to visual arts. Mr. Black, his elementary school art teacher suggested he audition for Rainbow park elementary art school, but his application was not turned in on time. This lead to Jerry channeling his inner artistry to Theater, music and Tap Dance for decades. And now he is back to painting!
Laine McNulty is a photographer living in NYC. She creates intimate & provocative photo essays, telling stories as an insider about people she knows.
“Funk Rocks” is a series of fantasy rock forms that describes my remix of black cosmos, 125th street poetics, Leon’s CoCo Egypt and my father.
Leon Johnson is a fine artist and illustrator, born and raised in Kansas City. His interest in drawing started at an early age with heavy influences by caricature artists Jack Davis and Al Hirschfeld. Johnson works primarily in mixed media, ink, painting and found objects. Website: www.leonjohnson.nyc
Wilson's work represents a medley of different textures that stimulate the senses, making the art not just a thing of beauty to be admired from a distance, but something we can feel connected to through the expression of touch. It’s a way of revealing an image without actually being able to control it, letting it come about itself.
From the artist: I titled this installation "Serving Harlem" because at FlameKeepers Hat Club we are in the "service" business. When you look up the word "service" you find a few definitions such as: the action of helping or doing work for someone or an act of assistance. At FKHC we are just one of many businesses that are proudly "Serving Harlem".
Mark Leckey is British contemporary artist, working in collage art, music and video. His found object art and video pieces incorporate themes of nostalgia and anxiety, drawing on elements of pop culture. Website: www.gavinbrown.biz
Nick Low is a Harlem based painter, illustrator, and designer. A native New Yorker, Nick studied at Laguardia high school and received his BFA from NYU. You can see more of his work on Instagram @nickjlow and keep an eye out for his upcoming clothing line, "Harlem Poets Society".
Pontus Höök is an accomplished Swedish photographer that has been living and working in New York since the late 90′s. His latest project was launched recently when he enjoyed a Sunday brunch at Red Rooster and shot pictures of guests in and around the restaurant.
A New York City based artist and the managing director of Maysles Films, Inc. I am constantly collecting things. Photographs, conversations on the corner of 125th street, notes that fall out of people's pockets, catching somebody fall asleep on the subway.
Renee Cox is one of the most controversial African-American artists working today using her own body, both nude and clothed to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist.
Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process and a syncretic creative approach, he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual. Website: www.sanfordbiggers.com/
Shani Peters (b. 1981 Lansing, MI) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Her practice encompasses community building, activism histories, and the creation of accessible imaginative experiences.
Annalise Mariottini is an emerging NYC-based artist originally hailing from Northern California and staff member of Red Rooster Harlem. She specializes in oil painting with a focus in surreal and landscape-based paintings. Her work blends the figurative and the geometric – the representational and the abstract. She prefers quiet to loud and subtle to shocking. This work is inspired by her experiences living and working in Harlem and the music, icons, and people that shape its distinct culture.
Courtney Minor is a self-taught mixed media collage artist and photographer who spent most of her life researching people and how they express themselves. She took a decade long break from creating anything only to have it come bursting to the surface years later. Now she cannot stop creating and she does not want to. To see more of her work, please visit her art Instagram at @theronimart and for her photography, visit @virginias.daughter.
Romare Bearden was an African-American artist, writer, and activist. Although he passed away in 1988, his legacy remains as one of America’s most preeminent artists and one of the country’s most celebrated collagists. Bearden’s painting and collages reflect black culture and his subject matter depicts a wide variety of African-American life, inspired by the rural south, Harlem, blues and jazz music, and African-American spirituality. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bearden moved with his family to Harlem in 1914.
Noel Anderson received an MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking, and an MFA from Yale University in Sculpture. He is also Area Head of Printmaking in NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. Anderson utilizes print-media and arts-based-research to explore philosophical inquiry methodologies. He primarily focuses on the mediation of socially constructed images on identity formation as it relates to black masculinity and celebrity.