John Isiah Walton, Black Paintings: Identity, Place + Spirit

June 14th – October 6th, 2021

Closing Reception + Performance by Kumasi Afrobeat Band October 6th @  5:00 PM


The SLU Contemporary Art Gallery proudly presents new paintings, works on paper, and
a collaborative animated music video by New Orleans Based Artist John Isiah Walton.
The exhibition Black Paintings: Cybernetic Folklore, Place, + Spirit derives its title from the form and subject matter depicted in Isiah’s artwork. Referencing
Picasso’s “Blue Period” Isiah’s recent paintings uniformly begin with a grounding
of black acrylic pigment which are then layered with white outlines and swift, colorful
brushstrokes. Working in a reactionary manner, Isiah’s visual language is influenced
by internet aesthetics, Black identity, pop culture, and Louisiana History to deliver
poignant social commentary and a reflection of our contemporary moment. The exhibition
is the first of its kind, featuring over thirty large-scale paintings created by John
Isiah Walton over the last two years.