1973 born in Salisbury, N.C
Jeffrey Hargrave is a North Carolina born, African-American artist based in New
York. Hargrave deals with representations of African-Americans, often putting them in
the context of art history, remaking works by artists such as Matisse to include black
figures, with racially charged stereotypical imagery.
Tapping into his own memories of growing up in the midst of a sharply divided
community, Hargrave translates his personal experiences into playful, yet biting images
that mix art-history clichés and racial stereotypes. Ultimately, the artist seeks to
engage viewers in a dialogue on class, religion, sexuality, racial identity and privilege
based on a repertoire of familiar images.
Hargrave attended the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Rhode
Island School of Design and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His works
have been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and other prestigious venues.
January 23rd, 2021 | 35 mins 43 secs
Jeffrey Hargrave, a painter and visual artist in NYC sits down for a conversation about inspiration, creating a personal style, and the business of professional art.