The Magic of Youth
DIMENSIONS 14” x 11” MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 50, 2017
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
Arcmanoro Niles' paintings chronicle his upbringing as a youth in Washington DC and illustrate the complex, multifaceted narratives within the inner city landscape. In these portraits, Niles elevates and enhances his characters' power through the usage of his characteristic blisteringly vibrant hues. In an interview with Creators, he explained, “One of the beautiful things about people of color, for me, are the reds, the purples, and the golden tones that glow. I wanted to push that as far as I can, while still having it be recognizably a specific group of people.”
Alongside his human subjects are mischievous characters, which the artist has dubbed "seekers," personifying forces external to the focal narratives, like a Greek chorus reflecting on the interpersonal dramas rendered within the compositions. In The Magic of Youth, we are invited into Niles’ world, encountering children whom simultaneously invite us in, acknowledging our presence with locked gazes, while using the same fixed stares to maintain a safe distance. The scene is intimate, reflecting existence at the borderline of fantasy and reality, where personal memory is borne.
Framing option is black or white painted wood, 7/8” wide flat face and 7/8” deep, with UV acrylic glass.
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