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God Given Skill An artist is a person skilled in the creation of aesthetic objects environments or experiences that can be shared with others artist Websters New World Dictionary People associate artist with painters sculptures and drawers Many artists recognize their gift at early ages Although many artist use their skill to show their cultures and feelings the word artist when heard people think Picasso Van Gogh Monet or Cassett When people hear Black American Artist they think of people who do African Art However many Black American Artists specialize in many other things other than African Art Faith Ringgold Jean Michel Basquait William Tolliver Jeremy Maurice and Robert Love Kathleen Wilson Charles Bibbs Renee Cox and Paul Goodnight are famous Black Artists who have shaped the world of art for many up comings An overnight success born in Brooklyn New York Jean Michel Basquait lit the torch for many black artists Like other artists before him Basquait started his work as a teenager Basquait was skilled in the art of graffiti the use of spray paint cans to depict pictures and words At the age of nineteen Jean Michel Basquait became famous for his art -work His shows anticipated as the big events of the New York season and his painting were bought by the most powerful collectors and museums Jean Michel Basquait by Annan Boodram pg22 Baquait started his painting on subway cars and the walls of buildings in Brooklyn Basquaits paintings and drawings conjured up marginal urban black culture and black history as well as the artists own conflicted sense of identity Jean Michel Baquaits friend and idol was Andy Warhol However at the age of 27 Basquait died of an overdose on drugs He was the first black artist to really succeed in the powerful white art - world his early death shows that he was casualty as well as phenomenal success New York Times 16 March 199124The Basquait
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