Currently on Display in the Newport News Community Gallery
Blacker the Berry: the solo exhibit of Ray johnson - june 1-29, 2018
“Blacker the Berry” primarily explores the strength and beauty of the black woman through the physical form using mostly black and white portraiture accented by surprising hints of color and radiant gold-leaf appliqué. Artist Ray Johnson calls upon the most important women in his life including his mother, wife, and daughter as inspiration for these incredible works. In this exhibit, Johnson has pushed himself even further to include men and images of anyone who strikes a feeling within him.
As Johnson states “I want people to see themselves in the art. I want them to feel… the story within it.”
Check out his interview with us and the images from the reception held on June 9th!