NGJ Summer Exhibition: Hasani Claxton

Hasani Claxton

Hasani Claxton

Hasani Claxton – Angry Black Woman/A Right to be Hostile (left) & Buggin’Out (right)

My paintings and sculptures highlight the individuality of Black people — a luxury often denied to us in Western society. My work is concerned with subcultures that defy popular conceptions of Blackness: Black nerds, punk rockers, bohemians, among others. Similarly, my work disregards cultural expectations, finding inspiration in Japanese anime and manga, as well as American comics. I merge the eccentric visual language of these mediums with realist painting and sculpture, thus blurring the lines between realism and surrealism, between popular culture and fine art. Each work presents a crossover of ideas, affirming that culture is itself an infinitely malleable medium.

Regarding the 2 sculptures in the exhibition, they are satirical examinations of the prevalent stereotype that black women are overly emotional. I created hyperrealistic renditions of the absurd “Chibi” expressions from Japanese animation to expose the ridiculousness of racial stereotypes.

Instagram: @hasaniclaxton
Facebook: @hasaniclaxtonart
Website: www.hasaniclaxton.com

One thought on “NGJ Summer Exhibition: Hasani Claxton

  1. hi thank you so much, i would love to come back to jamaica to to do exhibitions and i would love that we can exchange ideas with more jamaican artis. i was there in the year 2010 , i enjoyed a lot let keep intouch

    On Fri, Sep 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM National Gallery of Jamaica Blog wrote:

    > nationalgalleryofjamaica posted: “Hasani Claxton My paintings and > sculptures highlight the individuality of Black people — a luxury often > denied to us in Western society. My work is concerned with subcultures that > defy popular conceptions of Blackness: Black nerds, punk rockers, bohemi” >

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s