"Mel" by Najee Dorsey
5 x 3 x 4.5 inches concrete cast sculpture, signed and numbered (2021)
(size on marble base 7 x 3.5 x 4 inches)
I’ve enjoyed a successful career as a mixed media artist whose works are deeply rooted in African-American Southern culture. Recently, i’ve entered a new period, one that incorporates found materials into clay sculpture. While I began sculpting in the early 1990s, incorporating works in clay and assemblage of modern and contemporary finds from thrift stores and flea markets became a new muse in December 2015. Working constantly to keep up with inspiration, I’ve created more than fifty pieces in the last six months. Materials incorporated into sculptures invoke a sense of place, whether using burn wood from Columbus’ Swift Mill fire where I currently reside or decades-old bamboo canes from New Orleans. Though styles range from realism to abstract, each piece shares the vitality and powerful presence that can only be expressed in three-dimensional art. #movingearth #playingwithmud #najeedorseyart
Born and raised in the Delta and now a resident of the Columbus area, Najee Dorsey has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He has been the recipient of awards that include a 2006 Patrons Purchase Award from the Polk Museum of Art. His work can be found in the collections of Charles H. Wright Museum; Syracuse University; the African American Museum in Dallas, TX; the Marietta Museum of Art, FL; and Liberty Bank and Trust Company in New Orleans, LA. In 2010, Dorsey created the website Black Art in America (BAIA), the leading global social network and resource for African-American visual artists, collectors, industry leaders, and arts enthusiasts.
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