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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Green
Favorite Food:
Smothered Pork Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, California
Favorite Quote:
Nobody asked me to do this.

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1955
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Green
Favorite Food:
Smothered Pork Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, California
Favorite Quote:
Nobody asked me to do this.

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1955
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Born October 17, 1955, in Birmingham, Alabama, Kerry James Marshall realized that he wanted to be an artist at a very early age. Inspired by pictures in a book, Marshall decided he wanted to be a visual artist.

Themes and ideas present in Marshall's work reflect the complex web of personal and social issues that have been instrumental in molding his life. When Marshall was eight, his family moved to the Watts community in Los Angeles, California. As the epicenter of intense struggle for civil rights, including a riot in 1965 and a confrontation between city police officers and the Black Panthers, Watts and its imagery have dramatically influenced the form and content of Marshall's work. His celebrated series, "The Garden Project", critiqued low-income housing projects whose names denoted an idyllic Eden-like world, camouflaging the poverty and violence within.

Marshall received his training from the incomparable Charles White while enrolled at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Best known for his stylized, large-scale paintings depicting the beauty and complexity of African American life, Marshall also designs sculpture and has served as a production designer for such films as Daughters of the Dust (1989) and the Hendrix Project (1991).

With ground-breaking shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin and the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City, Marshall's childhood dreams have been realized. He recently was named the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" grant and his work has become incorporated into the permanent collections of many museums across the nation. Marshall is currently an art professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kerry James Marshall explains the impact of a Catholic school education on his life as an artist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kerry James Marshall discusses his early artistic inspiration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kerry James Marshall recounts his childhood personality and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kerry James Marshall recalls his family's move from Alabama to California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kerry James Marshall describes changes in his relationship with his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kerry James Marshall remembers his childhood environs in South Central Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kerry James Marshall reflects on an influential art teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kerry James Marshall recalls his parents' habit of shielding them family from racial strife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kerry James Marshall describes his early commitment to art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kerry James Marshall recounts his school experiences in South Central Los Angeles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kerry James Marshall explains his parents' ambitions in relation to his artistic pursuits
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kerry James Marshall talks about his recreational pursuits as a youth in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kerry James Marshall discusses the artist Charles White and experiences with art school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kerry James Marshall recalls his childhood obsession with stealing art images out of library books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kerry James Marshall discusses settling in Chicago, Charles White's hometown
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kerry James Marshall recalls being mentored by the artist, Charles White
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kerry James Marshall remembers the Watts Riots of 1965, Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kerry James Marshall describes his pursuits following college graduation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kerry James Marshall discusses the aesthetic and socio-political elements of art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kerry James Marshall traces his development as an artist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kerry James Marshall describes his artistic interpretations of black figures
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Kerry James Marshall recalls a memorable art review
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Kerry James Marshall details his growing popularity as an artist and instructor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Kerry James Marshall talks about the networking with artists he encountered in New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Kerry James Marshall recounts pivotal moments in his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Kerry James Marshall discusses his teaching career at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Kerry James Marshall describes a critical year in a string of successes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Kerry James Marshall describes achieving his personal goals
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Kerry James Marshall reflects on his achievements
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Kerry James Marshall articulates struggles in the life of an artist
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Kerry James Marshall considers his "obsessions"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Kerry James Marshall comments on the importance of art
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Kerry James Marshall considers his legacy