Wadsworth Jarrell emerged on the Chicago Art Scene just as the Civil Rights Movement was rapidly escalating. As an African American artist, he felt compelled to produce relevant work that would not only echo the liberation movement, but influence the visual identity of black culture. His visual language would pull from traditional African art forms, luminous colors, rhythmic patterns, and black subject matter to envoke pride, power, and self-awareness.
Jarrell’s work became distiguished for its vibrant character, as well as for the artist’s loyalty to African symbolism and geometric pattern. Even as Jarrell has added three-dimensional works to his repertoire, he remains dedicated to the aesthtic. As Dr. Robert Douglas wrote in the book Wadsworth Jarrell: The Artist as Revolutionary, “Because his life has been a continued thrust for independence and free expression, because his art has remained truthful to African people’s struggles, Wadworth Jarrell, the artist as revolutionary, is a beacon of possibilty for others.”
Jarrell’s iconic work has been featured in close to 200 exhibitions, including 28 solo shows. Major instutions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Contemporary Museum of Art in Chicago, and the Smithsonian International Gallery have exhibited his work. Collectors include the Shomburg Center, the High Museum of Art, the Coca-Cola Corporation, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and the Montreux Office of Tourism (Switzerland). He completed his undergraduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, and received his Masters of Fine Arts at Howard University.
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