Rosie Lee’s "Lines and Colors" painting series emphasizes African American artists' absence within the abstract and avant-garde fields of study. By applying layers of color and vigorous brushwork to build texture, raw emotion comes through moody backgrounds constructed and deconstructed out of frustration, insight, and humor. Like designs found in Gee's Bend quilts and Jack Whitten’s cosmic landscapes, he reveals possibilities found in intuitive concepts. With an examination into the psyche and ethos of black experiences, Lee is accessing realities to exist as imagined spaces filled with tension, beauty, and abstraction.
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