I recently came across the artwork of Derrick Adams and I am honestly in awe. He is a Baltimore-born multidisciplinary artist currently residing in New York City. What drew me to his artwork was the meaning behind it. The idea of representation. He shows African Americans in relatable, light heart situations. He also focuses on highlighting different aspects of urban culture that he finds significant. Most often we see depictions of African Americans in art connected to issues and centered around academics.
But like all humans, we are complex creatures who can be political and academic, while also engaging in other activities involving community, family, and even leisure. How revolutionary! I think it is extremely powerful to show the Black Americans in a different light, such as black leisure. Despite all the things happening, we still find time to be happy and joyful. Take a look at some of his work below. What do you think?