I love the beautiful expressions on the children's faces, Rod Brown really captures his subject's personality.

Title: “Masa’s Chillins/ The Family” (1990) Artist: Rod Brown (B. 1961 Columbia, South Carolina - ) United States Signature: “Rod Brown 1990” - lower right-hand corner Media: Oil painting on canvas (framed) Dimensions: Approximate dimensions for painting are 24 inches in height by 36 inches in width. Date: 20th Century - dated 1990 - lower right-hand corner Provenance: The artwork was purchased by the present owner from the artist, Rod Brown, in May of 1995. The following information was provided by the owner of the artwork. “Oil in part of From Slavery to Freedom Series created by artist in 1990. Picture exhibited in South Carolina State Museum (1990). Purchased from artist May 1995.” Storage and Preservation To keep the artwork in its present good condition do not display artwork in bright sunlight or artificial light. Do not hang the artwork in the vicinity of fireplaces, heaters or baseboard heat nor near any heat-producing appliances. These conditions will hasten the deterioration of your artwork. These conditions may cause fading of the colors and erosion of the support. Sources: Online research; Art Price Annual; From Slave Ship to Freedom Road by Julius Lester, illustrated by Rod Brown: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Thank you for the information. The artwork submitted for appraisal appears to be an original oil painting on canvas that has been created by contemporary African-American artist Rod Brown (B. 1961 - ) U.S. Rod Brown is a noted African-American painter, illustrator, printmaker and author. Rod Brown was born in Columbia, South Carolina and currently resides in Washington, D.C. He has Illustrated many publications, three of which are “Freedom’s a-Callin Me”, author Ntozake Shange; “From Slave Ship to Freedom Road”, author Julius Lester; and “We Troubled the Waters”, author Ntozake Shange. Brown’s original artworks are most often completed as historical, narrative paintings of African-American experiences regarding slavery in Colonial America, the Civil Rights Era and contemporary themes regarding African-American culture today. His most extensive series of artworks are the emotionally-charged and touching paintings that made up the illustrations that appear in “From Slave Ship to Freedom Road”, authored by Julius Lester. Rod Brown created thirty-six paintings for the book. The combination of the artist’s graphic descriptions of the slaves hardships and the author’s passionate writing about those experiences make for a powerful statement to anyone who reads and views the publication. Twenty-one of Brown’s original paintings from that series are within the collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library of the New York Public Library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide. Other important venues that have hosted exhibits of Brown’s artworks include The South Carolina State Museum and The Charles Sumner School Museum, Washington, DC. That artwork is signed by the artist at the lower right-hand corner and the artist has included the date of 1990 which is the date on which Rod Brown completed the painting which was the original artwork that appeared as the illustration titled “Masa’s Chillins - The Family”. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch

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