Leamon Green earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. His Master of Fine Arts degree is from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He has lived in Houston since 1990 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Southern University.
The artworks’ content is derived from reflecting on similarities and differences in cultures. Specifically the imagery reflects the complicated definition of being African American in an increasingly global community. The figures are anonymous portraits of characters or types, who could be family members, either yours or mine. There are clues to identities such as patterns viewed in the clothing or the surrounding space, and historical African or European objects, all placed in ways that support the figures. For the artist identity is an accumulation of cultures one experiences both directly and indirectly.
The artist is represented by Hooks Epstein Galleries in Houston, TX. All images courtesy of the artist and Hooks Epstein Galleries.