December 1, 2018 –
You are invited to the opening reception of The Art of Charles Franklin on The exhibit will be featured in the MCAAM.
Artist Charles Franklin was born May 5, 1937 in St. Louis Mo. Raised by a single mother, Franklin moved to Harlem, New York when he was 7 years old. By that time, he was already exhibiting artistic ability drawing comic strips of the popular radio programs he listened to.
Franklin is known for his portrayal of African American life, he is a figurative painter that uses a vibrant palate with a folk-art style. Franklin excels in capturing images of everyday life that depicts family, community, music and dance. What makes Franklin’s work interesting is that the viewer can relate to the images. His characters show a sense of pride and familiarity that pulls the viewer into the art. From the dignity the character shows in his painting of “Aunt Aileen” to the relatability of daily life in the paintings “Pay Day” and “Quality Time”, Franklin’s work is more than just pretty to look at, but it also substantive.
Now in his 80’s, Franklin feels his best work is ahead and is thrilled to have his first solo exhibit at the Morgan County African American Museum. Franklin currently resides in Hampton, GA with his wife Coco and twin sons Omar & Jabari.
For more information, please contact our office at 706 342-9191