Somewhere South: Major Works by Najee Dorsey
at Nicole Longnecker Gallery Houston
June 30 to August 31, 2018
Reception: Saturday, June 30, 2018 5pm-8pm , 2625 Colquitt St., Houston TX, 77098
Longnecker Gallery announces the exhibition; “Somewhere South” featuring work by Columbus, Georgia artist Najee Dorsey. The exhibit will feature Dorsey’s large scale mixed media works along with some of his unique digital compositions. The exhibition runs from June 30 to August 31, 2018. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 30, from 5-8pm.
“I wanted to plan an exhibit the first time I saw Najee’s work,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker. “His mixed media pieces dominate their space, his aggressive use of color and familiar imagery combine to create a rich composition illustrative of Southern life. Najee powerfully uses both mythical and real characters transporting you to a special place. I hope everyone can visit us to see his work.”
Born in Blytheville, Arkansas on January 26, 1973, visual artist and entrepreneur Najee Dorsey is known for embracing southern roots in his work by relaying scenes of African American life in the south on canvas. He began his journey as an artist at the age of five, selling his artwork to his mother for candy. From that point on, Dorsey continued making art as a favorite pastime.
“It’s an exciting time to have my first solo show of works in Houston with a contemporary gallery the caliber of Nicole Longnecker Gallery” Najee Dorsey
In advancing both his art and entrepreneurship, Najee opened a creative hub in Blytheville, Arkansas with the help of his wife, Seteria (who is also an artist). This creative space functioned as an art gallery, coffee-shop, and used book store during the summer of 2000. Najee used the space as a launching pad for his career as “artrepreneur”– a title referenced to in a 2012 BlackEnterprise.com article on Dorsey.
In 2005, the Dorseys moved to Atlanta, GA, where Najee became a full-time artist. Now, more than 10 years later, his work has been featured in nine museum shows including, Visions of our 44th Collection at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, MI and Leaving Mississippi: Reflections on Heroes and Folklore at the Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA and the African American Museum in Dallas, TX. Over the years, Dorsey’s changing mediums have resonated with many people, but his consistency in exhibiting imagery rooted in his southern heritage is what Najee Dorsey is known for. Over the past decade, Dorsey’s work has been consistently featured and acquired by a number of institutions, and private collections across the United States.
Since becoming a full-time artist in 2005, Najee has become well acquainted with the trials and tribulations of most African American artists: the closed doors in the arts community, the lack of representation in art institutions, and the undervaluation of African American art and its creators by dominant society. Being the proactive individual that he is, Najee founded Black Art In America (BAIA) in 2010 as a free online media platform for African American artists, collectors, art enthusiasts, and arts professionals. In the company’s conceptual stages, influencers from BAIA’s audience were surveyed and it became clear that their issues were centered on exposure, appreciation, and access to each other. BAIA was founded as a centralized location for profiling the African American artist — giving members of the network access to the work of African American artists (past and contemporary), and most importantly, opportunities for interchange. Since 2010, the network has become the leading online portal and resource focused on African American art, artists, collectors, industry leaders, and arts enthusiasts. The BAIA online network currently has a monthly virtual reach of 750,000 people and growing.
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“When William ‘Slim’ Tucker Discovered the Crossroads” mixed media, 2015, 36 x 30″
“Up South” mixed media, 2014, 47 x 42″