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Black History Month at Artios Gallery

For Immediate Release:

February 1, 2021, New York – For 45 years Black History Month has recognized significant contributions by African Americans to US history. Gerald Ford was the first US president who officially devoted the month of February to this event, urging people to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, many countries around the world have also dedicated a month to Black history.

Artios Gallery celebrates this event with the display of works by its represented artists of African descent. The exhibition, which is on display for the entire month of February, presents works of Cecil W. Lee and O. Yemi Tubi.

Cecil, a Harlem native, has been developing his own digital technique for a number of years. He calls it a “Computer-Evolved Art” or CEA. It is best described as the process of combining photography, scanned images, and digital paintings/drawings with image manipulation software to create original works of art. The artist says, “I choose the term Computer-Evolved for my art as a way of paying homage to the artists who use the computer as a tool to create or transform their art.” Energy and liveliness are palpable in Cecil’s bright, mostly abstract works. The artist’s unique sense of color and composition becomes apparent to the viewer looking at such works as Mannequin Blue or Men in Hats. His abstracts are invigorating and full of radiant light, which the artist explores to the fullest by manipulating the image in combination with his drawings.

O. Yemi Tubi is a Nigerian born, USA trained artist currently residing in the UK. Since 2014, he has been a freelance visual and graphic artist. Over the years, O Yemi developed his unique personal style characterized by bright colors and expressive figurative imagery. The artist uses acrylic and watercolor, but his favorite medium is oil paint. Most of his recent works were influenced by the political and social upheaval of our world. The artist says, “I believe that emotions are driving any artist’s creative process. The theme of my works, in general, is “The Facts of Life: Roses and Thorns.” Life is like roses and thorns; sometimes, it emanates a sweet aroma of pleasantness, and sometimes it pricks and causes pain.” O Yemi has adopted this concept as his artistic credo. His paintings often involve the flower on a thorny stem as a symbol representing this philosophy.

We hope you will enjoy this exhibition.

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