Monday, April 10, 2006

What The People Are Saying About R2C2H2's Work


1.) [R2C2H2] HAVE OBVIOUSLY ATTAINED A SENSE OF SPIRIT
THAT MANY WHO ARE YEARS OLDER THAN [R2C2H2] WOULD
COVET.
- KWEISI MFUME, FORMER PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE
NAACP
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2.) [R2C2H2] GAVE THEM ELEMENTS OF THEIR JAZZ HISTORY
THAT MOST OF THEM WILL NEVER RECEIVE IN CLASSROOMS.
[R2C2H2’S] FORMAT WAS VERY WELL ORGANIZED AND CAPTURED
THE CHILDREN’S ATTENTION…IT ALSO GAVE THEM THE
OPPORTUNITY TO BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THEIR
INDIVIDUAL CREATIVE SPIRIT.
- DEBRA MORROWLOVING; LITERARY ARTIST, ARTS EDUCATOR,
FOUNDER/DIRECTOR OF SISTER NINETIES LITERARY GROUP
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3.) MUCH LIKE THE JAZZ MUSIC THAT [R2C2H2] PAYS
TRIBUTE TO, HIS ARTWORK IS SPIRITUALLY INFORMED AND
SPEAKS TO PEOPLE IN A VERY HUMANE AND DIRECT WAY.
[R2C2H2] IS ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE THAT
I EVER MET, YET HIS ARTWORK IS NOT CLOUDED IN CODES
THAT PREVENT THE LAYPERSON FROM UNDERSTANDING IT.
NEITHER IS IT SO SIMPLE AS TO BE DISMISSED…THE JOURNEY
THROUGH HIS CONSCIOUSNESS TOOK ME TO HISTORICAL AND
SPIRITUAL PLACES CARVED OUT THROUGH ABSTRACTLY FORMED
RHYTHMIC AND VOLUPTOUS BODIES OF JAZZ MUSICIANS,
AFRICAN AMERICAN HEROES AND MARTYRS.
- CHANDRA WILLIAMS; VISUAL ARTIST, UNIVERSITY OF MISS.
ART MUSEUM EDUCATOR/CURATOR
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4.) [R2C2H2] HAS THE ABILITY TO NOT ONLY SURVIVE, BUT
TO POSSIBLY EVEN THRIVE.
- JEFF DANIEL, VISUAL ART CRITIC FOR THE ST. LOUIS
POST DISPATCH
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5.) [R2C2H2] HAS CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED SKILLS AND
ABILITIES THAT EXCEL WITHIN THE STUDIO ENVIRONMENT AND
BEYOND. A HUMANIST WITH A PEN – A PROMOTER WITH A
LARGER PURPOSE – [R2C2H2] IS AN ARTIST WHO WILL HAVE
AN IMPACT, AN ARTIST WHO WILL CHALLENGE AND WHO WILL
REWARD THOSE WHO ACCEPT HIS CHALLENGES.
- JEFF PIKE; DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF ART, WASHINGTON
UNIVERSITY (ST. LOUIS)
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6.) [R2C2H2] HAS A LOVE FOR LIFE AND A LOVE FOR PEOPLE
THAT BLEEDS OVER INTO HIS ART…AS A MULTI-FACETED AND
MULTI-TALENTED ARTIST, [R2C2H2] HAS RISEN TO THE RANKS
OF ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST PROMISING VOICES. HIS ART
SPEAKS OF LEGACY, MATURITY AND HOPE. THROUGH HIS ART,
[R2C2H2] CAPTURES THE DEPTH OF JACOB LAWRENCE, THE
CREATIVE INNOVATION OF CHARLIE PARKER, THE SINCERITY
OF RALPH ELLISON, THE SPIRITUALITY OF JOHN COLTRANE
AND THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC COMMENTARY OF
TUPAC SHAKUR.
- DR. EMMETT PRICE III; MUSICIAN AND PROFESSOR OF
MUSIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NORTHEASTERN
UNIVERSITY OF BOSTON
***

7.) [R2C2H2] HAS DEVELOPED A VERY PERSONAL STYLE OF
PAINTING AND DRAWING...HE HAS EXPANDED HIS KNOWLEDGE
OF BLACK HISTORY, JAZZ, GOSPEL MUSIC, AFRICAN
ART…USING ALL THE ELEMENTS HE GATHERS FROM EXPERIENCE
AND STUDY HE SYNTHESIZES HIS IMAGES, REAL AND
DREAMLIKE, INTO LARGE SCALE WORKS FILLED WITH LINE AND
COLOR. THEY ARE IN VOCATIVE MESSAGES WHICH CAN BE
SEEN OVER AND OVER, EACH TIME PRESENTING NEW THOUGHTS
AND QUESTIONS FOR THE VIEWER. HE DOES NOT SHY AWAY
FROM PRESENTING THE TRUTH IN HISTORY, SO THERE ARE
PASSAGES WHICH ECHO THE TRAGEDY AND VIOLENCE OF THE
AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE…THAT YOUNG MAN IS GOING
PLACES.
- GEORGIA BINNINGTON;ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR
STUDENT SERVICES FOR THE SCHOOL OF ART AT
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (ST. LOUIS)
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8.)NOT ONLY THROUGH HIS SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO
ARTISTIC PERFECTION, BUT ALSO IN HIS UNWAVERING
COMMITMENT TO ENHANCING OTHERS' UNDERSTANDINGS OF THE
HUMAN EXPERIENCE, [R2C2H2] HAS DEMONSTRATED THE
HIGHEST OF PROFESSIONAL VALUES AND EXCELLENCES. HIS
WORK OCCUPIES A UNIQUE PLACE IN EARLY 21st CENTURY
REPRESENTATIONS OF JAZZ AND EMOTION. I COMMEND HIM
FOR MAKING A TRUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE ARTISTIC WORLD.
- NATHANIEL CRIS GUALBERTO; SCHOLAR, PHILOSOPHER AND
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

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9.)[R2C2H2'S]WORK IS VERY MOVING, IT'S DETAILED, IT'S
VERY INSPIRATIONAL...IT SPEAKS TO THE SOUL OF VIEWERS
WHO HAVE PASSION ABOUT ART, ABOUT LIFE AND ABOUT
PEOPLE IN GENERAL.
- FRIEDA WHEATON, ARTS ADVOCATE AND
BOARD MEMBER OF THE ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM
***
10.)AGAIN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING JAMES REESE
EUROPE: JAZZ LIEUTENANT. I REALLY LIKE IT. I WILL
ALSO RECOMMEND IT TO TEACHERS AS A RESOURCE FOR THEIR
OWN INFORMATION.
- LOIS KIPNIS, THE DIRECTOR OF ARTS
EDUCATION AT THE FRIENDS OF THE ART S FOUNDATION

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