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    • Let Me Explain Myself

      As an artist, I have always been driven by the need to communicate. Becoming a professional artist meant discovering the most efficient method to convey my message to any and all people who would brave the challenges and issues that drive me to create. I love drawing the figure and discovered early in my life that it gave me the opportunity to talk to other people from our shared humanity. As written by Publius Terentius (c. 195/185 – c. 159 BC), playwright and once enslaved African, "I am human, nothing human is alien to me." George Wallace Alabama was not an ideal birthplace for traveling the path to an artistic career. The only influences I was afforded was my sister copying a magazine image of a woman with the instruction "Draw Me" written beneath it. Creatively hungry, I did as the photo instructed. I drew. I later meet and was greatly influenced by a family friend who studied Art Education at Miles College. My desire to be a part of a creative environment was born. Being fascinated by the human form, I have tried for many years to understand its nature as well as its anatomical makeup. Throughout my career, the human form has been the mechanism that makes it possible for me to speak my truth about my life, beliefs, and the varied and colorful histories of my people. Early in my career, I believed that the more realistic the style and technique, the more significant and profound the statement; that the ability to communicate experiences was greatly improved by a well-rendered figure. Nigeria changed that notion. Living in Africa from 1979 – 1987 profoundly transformed my life and work. The richness, color, and complexities of the Nigeria's people and cultures showed me that creative interpretation combined with relevant ideas were also important factors. I began to push the personal limits of my approach to the figure, exploring the use of multiple lines that have always been a natural outgrowth of my drawings. The boundaries of realistic interpretation began to morph and expand freeing me to create at a new and exciting level. I moved from the influence of the pure geometric shapes of Islamic art and began using and adapting torn paper as a free hanging collage element as well as incorporating overlapping edges to create motion and mixed media. Drawing From The Lifeline is the culmination of many influences and years of study. Its themes originate from an earlier concept, Purgatory Ain't Nothin' But The Blues. In my work, "purgatory" is defined as a concept that carries emotional weight that is generational in scope rather than functioning as a traditional religious doctrine or belief. It is analogues to the crushing, over-powering reality of the blues of which there are many — the "I ain't got me no money blues," "my baby done gone and left me blues", "another man done gone blues", "I need a job blues." As BB King so eloquently put it "If you ever been mistreated, then you know just what I'm talking about." The "purgatory of the blues" is ever present and speaks to the human condition. Purgatory Ain't Nothin' But The Blues uses all aspects of African and African American life and culture as themes for the subject it explores. Series within the Purgatory collection include Black Face; Black Works; Dark Angels; Survival; Mask; Ghetto Angel; Ain't I A Woman and Living In The Light Of Hell's Shadow, to name a few. Tyrone Geter

    • Selfie

      06/08/15 12:18 My pledge to me. As an artist, if I can not create things with meaning and relevants to the struggle of us all, if my work can not wake the humanity buried by our existence, if my life fail to speak to that person that is laid our bear by their struggle to survive, if I take the safe road when all around me is in peril, if stupidity is my chosen path, if blinding ignorance impedes my vision of life's realities, if I die tonight without putting up the good fight, without speaking loudly about the encroachment of the demons, Please don't weep for me. I got what I deserved. Selfie 06/08/15 12:13 We all should try to make a difference but the question is that is the difference that we make bigger than we are and are we unselfish enough to know if our differences serve the good or bows to things better left unsaid in polite company. #studio #cleaning #organization

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    • Charcoal, painting and collage drawings | Tyrone Geter Originals | United States

      Welcome to The World Of Tyrone Geter Featured Products Who is Tyrone Geter In a career that spreads across two continents, Tyrone Geter has built an international reputation as a world-class artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator and teacher. He is a retired Associate Professor of Art at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, Geter grew up in Anniston, Alabama, during a time defined by strict segregation laws and social injustice. With a population of less that 25,000, Anniston was a site of numerous acts of racial violence during the Civil Rights Era. The immediacy of these events and an inherited legacy of spiritual strength and fortitude against all the odds inform and shape Geter’s work. ​ Geter received his Master’s of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1976 with an emphasis on painting and drawing. An exceptional draftsman, his portraits are sensitive, timeless and masterfully executed. Their power, displayed through their expression, gesture and adornments, seem often suspended in an otherworldly environment. They speak of a spiritual world overflowing with compassions and empathy. In this regard, his work is uniquely distinctive. God's Playground Playing Games With My Mother | Remark Giclee Reproduction | One Of A kind with Hand Drawn Image CONTACT US Tyrone Geter 312 Deer Run Road Elgin, SC. 29045 803-422-8859 VISIT US TELL US Submit Thanks for submitting!

    • 6-Boston/Akron - 1988--99 | TYRONEGETER.COM

      BOSTON/AKRON 1988-99 Ohio U-1970-76 New England Africa 1980-87 Nigeria 1980-83 Nigeria1984-87 Benedict 2000-2018 Retirement View My Artist Portfolio Welcome to the portfolio of TYRONEGETER.COM, a place where you can discover their work, skills, and professional experience. One of the defining principles that define this talented artist is a deep commitment to helping establish an open dialogue between function and narrative in all aspects of artwork. Take a moment to look through the gallery, and get in touch for more information.

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