I Saw Beauford Delaney Today
47 in. x 35 in.
mixed media: wood, painting, engraving, images, wire on wood
©Maureen Kelleher 2008
Detail image with engraved text. Back to gallery 1
Engraved text on the work:
State of grace…mind.
Permission granted at 181 Greene Street, NYC
- it’s okay to find your true love; it’s okay to be gay
- it’s okay to be an artist; it’s okay to leave to succeed
- it’s okay to be very smart; it’s okay to come back home
- it’s okay to be above most of the others; it’s okay to be confused
- it’s okay to shine; it’s okay to tell it like it is
- it’s okay to be black in white America; it’s okay to be black in Europe
- it’s okay to make your way, whatever way you can
- it’s okay to go off and think about it
This is a piece about painter Beauford Delaney and writer
James Baldwin. Delaney was a mentor and good friend for Baldwin
and vice versa. Their friendship lasted 40 years. They talked
about how to negotiate a meaningful life in 1940ís America.
A portrait of Baldwin, by Delaney, is the perfect representation
of their 40 year friendship. Iíve put that painting on a note
board. (See note board)
if you're interested in this piece and would like to know more about it.