One of the most closely watched American artists of his generation, Marshall’s work is characterised by politically charged references to the Black-American experience. This exhibition presents a focused survey of his paintings from the 1980s to the present and reveals his continuing relevance to a younger generation of artists and audiences.
Marshall draws upon a wide range of sources such as African-American history, literature, films, music and comic books, western art history and classical mythology to create what has been described as “a meditation on black aesthetics”.
Marshall’s paintings erupt with an explosion of narratives and textures. His principal subject is the black figure, which he injects into the mainstream of Western painting.
At Modern Art Oxford Marshall presents major paintings including The Garden Project series, inspired by Chicago’s large-scale urban public housing projects of the 1960s and The Lost Boys, a series of portraits of young males that addresses the tragedy of gang warfare.