Friday, May 29, 2009

Leon Kennedy at A440 Gallery

"Using markers, crayons, and paint, renown Oakland folk artist Leon Kennedy creates vibrant visions of God's glory on wood, canvas, old bed sheets and other found objects. An ecstatic spiritualist and self-taught outsider, his message is about the power of faith, our limitless minds, and love. "

Two of his famous portraits, of Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King, were featured in the year long exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore: Race, Class, Gender ≠ Character from October 1, 2005- September 3, 2006. "Throughout history, visionaries have dreamed of a world where their characters are not judged, their creative potential is not limited, or their livelihoods are not proscribed by factors of race, gender, or economic circumstance."

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