An Exhibition by Kesha Stovall
Little Rock based artist Kesha Stovall will be presenting her exhibition entitled "Family Portrait" at the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman library from May 20th, 2016 through June 11th, 2016. The opening reception will be held May 20th from 5-8 in conjunction with Argenta's 3rd Friday art walk. This collection of large scale portraiture explores the importance of family and the strong family-like bonds we create with friends. The works feature people who are important to Stovall. She says of the collection, "This is my family. These are portraits of my my brothers, my sisters, my mothers, my fathers, the people I look up to, and the people that inspire me. I wanted to celebrate them; I wanted to elevate their spirits, their lives, and their accomplishments. I wanted to give energy and love to them, not only because they need it, but because they deserve it. I was told once to always uplift your people and your community and this is my way of doing that. This is my family portrait." Kesha Stovall began painting, drawing and creating at a young age growing up in Forrest City, Arkansas. She moved to Little Rock when she was 19 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Being raised in the Mississippi River Delta of Eastern Arkansas by a working class family inspired her to always appreciate and celebrate everyday people. She developed a style of heavy collage work using handcut geometric shapes and patterns, photos, vibrant colors and portraiture to bring the people she was inspired by and loved the most to life. Turned off by the prominence our society places on celebrities, her portraits depict family members, best friends, and local talent that are working and making positive changes and progressions in the community.