Nine Black Artists Creating Incredible Things for Your Home
If you're an avid art collector, you're always on the hunt for a new piece or two for your home. You also know, of course, that art takes many forms; there is so much more than oil on canvas (though, that medium is lovely, too!). And if you're just as dedicated to living a more inclusive lifestyle and supporting Black businesses—an initiative this is critical, now and always—we'd encourage you to put the following Black artists, creating everything from ceramics to watercolor and mixed media paintings, on your radar. These industry talents are currently making beautiful pieces for your home—discover their work and shops, below.
Based in the Bay Area, Turiya Gross of Turiya Gross Ceramics pays homage to the whites and blues seen in Turkish antiques and Mexican folk brushwork, resulting in objects that you'll admire as much as you use. The multidisciplinary artist began her journey with clay in 2001, and she's been creating cherished home objects—including vases and platters—ever since.
This talented mixed media painter hails from West Africa and studied painting at Nigeria's renowned Auchi Polytechnic in Edo State; Chika Idu has remained greatly inspired by the colorist movement. His paintings portray heavy textures and a hazy view, while his subject matter and themes focus on paintings of children and women. He has a studio located in Ikorodu in Lagos, Nigeria, and his paintings can be purchased online through the Kuaba Gallery, based in Carmel, Indiana.
A lover of Art Deco, Lisa Hunt, a Brooklyn-based artist, specializes in repeated, minimalist patterns composed of graphic shapes. The screen-printed motifs allude to indigenous textiles—one of Lisa's biggest inspiration sources is The Quilts of Gee's Bend, a historic Black women's quilt collective based in Alabama—and utilize gold leaf as an accent. She was a featured artist at The Other Art Fair's inaugural show in Brooklyn in 2017 and her work was published on the cover of the 2016 New York Times bestseller, In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney ($19.95, barnesandnoble.com).
Dominic Benhura, an internationally renowned Zimbabwean sculptor, creates his art from natural rock found in Zimbabwe, his homeland. He commonly cuts into springstone, an extremely hard serpentine with a consistency nearly identical to granite. His work is celebrated for its overarching themes, which spotlight the importance of family and nature and the relationship between them, and largely complements outdoor landscapes, be it botanical or private gardens, parks, or cityscapes. Dominic's stone sculptures can be purchased online via the Kuaba Gallery website.
Mokshini Godamunne, a Brooklyn-based artist who grew up in New Zealand, is a self-proclaimed professional doodler who lets her creativity direct her work. She describes her art as joyful, witty, and uplifting and has a particular affinity for capturing eclectic characters and their personalities—and then placing them in humorous contexts to create stories that are relatable. "I simply want to produce approachable art that makes you smile!" she says. "My work naturally has fashion flair, but my goal has always been to capture the 'real girl' and her 'struggles,' whether it be a girl attempting to put on lipstick on the train, or trying to look cute on a date—things that are usually captured in a glamorous manner, but are flipped."
Ronni Nicole Robinson
Ronni Nicole Robinson, of Ron Nicole, is renowned for her flower fossils, which she makes using wildflowers grown from her very own garden. Her work is inherently seasonal (she harvests come summer, when blooms are at their best), which means getting your hands on one of her pieces can be a waiting game—which is why we recommend doing everything you can to get on her waitlist.
Danaé Reid crafts unique, flower-pressed bookmarks for her fellow bibliophiles; she makes these pieces order-by-order, using hand-picked flowers she plucks herself. Take one look at her bloom-studded creations, and it's evident that even the smallest items in your home can be art.
Keith M. RAMSEY
For Keith M. RAMSEY, who also goes by RAMSEY, art is in his blood. After decades of collecting antiques and old metals, he discovered steam punk in 2012—and the rest was history. "I created what I called 'found punk,' which has become my signature style—art created for everyday living that invites people to 'rethink' how art is used," he says of his metalwork and paintings. "My commitment is to initiating conversation through the artwork created."
Guy Stanley Philoche
Painter and artist Guy Stanley Philoche enjoys creating pieces that people can fully appreciate. "When I was a kid visiting an art museum, the security guard told me I wasn't able to touch the artwork—and it was right then and there that I knew I wanted people to be able to touch my work," he tells us. "That's when I created my first series, The Untitled Series, which viewers were physically able to touch and feel fully." During the COVID-19 pandemic, Philoche chose to focus more on making people smile, rather than the struggles of the moment. With art supply stores closed down, he was forced to paint his Remembering Your Innocence series on masonite board, versus canvas. He wasn't deterred: He shifted the direction of his paintings towards innocence and social change, resulting in what he calls "rEVOLution," a train of thought that inspired him when he was asked to paint two of the letters in Harlem, New York, for its first Black Lives Matter mural. His current works can be seen at Cavalier Galleries in New York, and are also on display at The Rennie Luxury Condo building in Harlem.