Maywood Artist Shifts Focus To Black Women

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 || By Michelle Dybal/Wednesday Journal || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Artist Jesse Howard works inside of his Maywood home studio last year. | File 

Maywood artist Jesse Howard is well-known for his work depicting African American men gripped by injustice and fighting against it, with much of his oeuvre influenced by his upbringing on Chicago’s West Side.

Recently, however, Howard’s vision has shifted to examining African American women. According to a recent article in Wednesday Journal, “Women of Quiet Confidence,” a collection of Howard’s latest charcoal and acrylic drawings of black women, is currently on display in a gallery space run by the Oak Park Area Arts Council at Oak Park Village Hall.

“Howard sees his audience as the Oak Park employees and the people coming in for code enforcement or getting a ticket, i.e. ‘the people who are trying to make it out there,'” according to the article.

Jesse Howard

The artist Jesse Howard in front of his work depicting African American women. | Photo submitted 

“I am depicting the rawness of what I see,” he said. “My series at village hall shows the African American women who made me who I am today. They are the backbone of the community.”

A “Women of Quiet Confidence” reception to meet Howard will take place on Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Room #101, Village Hall of Oak Park, 123 Madison St., in Oak Park. VFP 

Read the full Wednesday Journal article here.

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