Description While in the Dominican Republic, I saw a Haitian woman with her hair in the exact cornrow pattern as appears in this work. I asked her if I could make a sketch of her hairdo, with the idea that I wanted to represent it exactly as it was. In this work I added the earring and hair adornment. In conversation (her spanish being worse than mine at the time) she explained that the hair pattern took more than an entire day to complete. She also said that she had gotten both the pattern and the technique from her mother. She earned money braiding hair for tourists.The original title of this work is Lines Of Africa In Black And WhiteCornrows (18x24, Color Pencil on Paper) is included in my Africans In America Series.
Kenneth Dames, St Augustine Florida Member Since December 2006 Artist Statement Dr. Kenneth Dames is a New York State licensed doctor of clinical psychology and an artist of 25 years. After leaving New York City’s School of Visual Arts, Ken continued to develop his art while living in the Dominican Republic. There his drawings gained national artistic recognition when he became the first foreigner to win the prestigious Philip Morris Corporation National Art Contest. Ken’s art remains a permanent part of the Corporation’s National Cultural Center and Museum of the Dominican Republic.
Most recently, Ken is a 2009 First Place winner, 47th New Smyrna Beach Art Fiesta; 2009 First Place Award of Excellence winner, Tallahassee Chain of Parks Art Show; 2008 Best Of Show winner, 62ndFlorida Azalea Fine Arts Festival; First Place winner, 2008 Ponce Inlet Fine Arts Festival; a Merit Award winner at the 2008 Celebration Spring Art Festival and the Halifax Fine Arts Festival of 2007.
Through the years Ken has participated in expositions and shows in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, St Louis, and the Dominican Republic, while being represented by the Bratton Gallery of Soho in New York City. He is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and the National Association of Independent Artists.
“The human form is visual theatre. The human drama, with its full spectrum of emotions, can be witnessed in the lines, postures and movements of the body. We all reflect and instinctively react to its visual expressions. Perhaps it is for this reason that the human body occupies a central place in every form of art. This is to differentiate between the simple reproduction of the human body in art and the use of the human body as emotional expression in art.
“My perception of the human form as theatre, as visual expression, comes to me naturally and is something I have spent two professional careers articulating. It is basic to my art. Come, let me share it with you.”