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Alfred Conteh

Alfred Conteh is a visual artist with a passionate desire to share his life experiences and personal truth with the African American community. Growing up in Fort Valley, Georgia –100 miles south of Atlanta – Conteh discovered his interests in the arts at a very early age. “Most people during their formative years, might see themselves in a certain position when they grew older,” he says. “I always saw myself as an artist. It was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” His enthusiasm for comic books and cartoons developed into an interest in visual arts as a student at Peach County High School. There he learned art history, technique, and skill under the direction of his mentor and art teacher, Johnny Heller. Conteh soon realized that there was a great deal more to learn and explore. He continued his education at Hampton University, earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. It was at Hampton where he says he formed a supportive community with fellow classmates and developed his proficiency as an artist. Conteh then earned a Masters in Fine Arts at Georgia Southern University. There he was given free rein to develop his individual style and experiment with new mediums, expanding his repertoire from paintings and sketches to sculpture and other three-dimensional formats. As a working artist, Conteh continues to develop his craft and considers himself a student of history. His personal experiences have sparked new energy toward addressing social issues impacting black communities that he has not touched before. “In my most recent works I advocate for entrepreneurship. Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X taught us that our empowerment lies in our economic base. We haven’t actualized it. I’ve tried to express that, making the unseen, seen,” he says. Conteh contends that very little is taught about African art history, particularly among aspiring artists of color on the university level. He aims to use his art as a platform for dialogue that encourages other artists to learn about themselves and share their stories more boldly. “It’s problematic when our greatest aspiration is to seek accolades based on what the dominant culture sees worthy of awarding you. We have to see value in ourselves.” A classically trained artist, Conteh aspires to tell a deeper and sometimes grayer story about black people in America, stretching beyond traditional images depicting slavery, church, and romantic relationships. What most excites him is the reaction to his creations over time. “I make my work for my people,” he says. “I want to appeal to African Americans and encourage them to be stewards of our culture and history.” This is his statement for his paintings: “This body of work is a visual exploration of how african diasporal societies in the south are fighting social, economic, educational and psychological wars from within and without to survive. The honest and false narratives of history embodied in this series are primarily personified in patinated colossuses that commemorate the people, culture, and battles that the populations they tower over have fought and continue to fight. We are at war on two fronts.”

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She Doth Not Wait for June (The Keeper II)

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Oil and 24K Gold Leaf on Panel

Sever Me

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Oil and 24K Gold Leaf on Panel

I Found Him at The Mall

14" x 11" / 35.6 x 27.9cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Night Owl

20" x 16" / 50.8 x 40.6cm
Oil on Wood Panel

The Queen of the Desert

10" x 8" / 25.4 x 20.3cm
Oil on Linen Panel

Whisper in the Wind

49" x 59" / 124.5 x 149.9cm
Oil on Canvas

The Little Singer

72" x 54" / 182.9 x 137.2cm
Oil on Canvas

The Herd Guardian

42" x 36" / 106.7 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

The Call

40" x 52" / 101.6 x 132.1cm
Oil on Canvas

The Wind and the Paper Birds

42" x 36" / 106.7 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

The Tectonic Shift

60" x 98" / 152.4 x 248.9cm
Diptych, Oil on Linen

Face Reality

22.75" x 39.75" / 57.8 x 101cm
Colored Pencil on Bristol Board

Skating But Waiting

30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil on Aluminum

Heirloom

30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil on Aluminum

Foe

20" x 24" / 50.8 x 61cm
Acrylic on Panel

Poem Of The Butterflies

55" x 62" / 139.7 x 157.5cm
Oil on Canvas

Future in Hand

23.5" x 16.5" / 59.7 x 41.9cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Anchor

23.5" x 33" / 59.7 x 83.8cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Shadow Play

24" x 36" / 61 x 91.4cm
Linen on Panel

Red, White and Blue

48" x 60" / 121.9 x 152.4cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Dance of the Deadly Nightshade

47.5" x 70.5" / 120.7 x 179.1cm
Oil on Linen

2020

72" x 60" / 182.9 x 152.4cm
Oil on Linen

Russian Fragility IV

44" x 76" / 111.8 x 193cm
Oil, Ink, Mixed Media on Panel

Muhammad Ali 5th Street Gym

65" x 47" / 165.1 x 119.4cm
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas

Summer in New York

33.5" x 45.25" / 85.1 x 114.9cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Penthouse in Upper East Side

23.5" x 47.25" / 59.7 x 120cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Corner Building on Prince Street

23.5" x 49" / 59.7 x 124.5cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Building in the Sun

23.5" x 43.25" / 59.7 x 109.9cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

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