African American artists exhibit work in UHCL’s Art Gallery

Eight Houston-area artists will be showcasing their work in the first exhibition of the new year at University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Art Gallery. The exhibition, entitled “African American Artists,” opens Jan. 21 and continues through March 21. 

Artist and exhibition co-curator Eddie Filer, who received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UH-Clear Lake, said that he submitted five pieces to be showcased. “I’m a portrait artist, and the pieces that I have in this show speak about some of the entertainers I grew up with,” he said. “My portraits are narrative; they include a bit more about the person to help tell the story of who they are. I might paint them in their environment, with some objects or words that show people more than just the person physically.”

He said he has painted portraits of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela and Louis Armstrong. “Portraits just come naturally to me,” he said. “I’ve always done it. I feel like I didn’t pick it, it picked me. I’ve always been fascinated with people and faces, and it’s exciting to me to create a face that has life and breath out of a blank white canvas.”

Other artists exhibiting their work include Afi Ese and Gail Mallory. 

“I hope people come to see this beautiful show,” Filer said. “The exhibition has work from different media, and it’s just a small example of the large body of work we’ve done.”

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