Fifteen Years: The Art of Laura James
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Laura James is a self-taught painter of Antiguan heritage who paints religious subjects and visual dramatizations of Bible stories using iconography found in Ethiopian Christian Art. She is also an award-winning artist of secular works.
Using bright colors, intricate patterns, and sometimes surreal imagery, she paints women, families, and scenes of everyday life.
Her current project, a series of paintings titled Nannies and Other Mothers, deals with a subject she believes has been long neglected by popular culture — the stories of countless women who leave their families to travel to America, the United Kingdom, or Canada in search of a better life, taking jobs as domestic workers. Her work is widely collected, exhibited, and published.
December 2, 2007, to February 24, 2008