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Joysmith, Brenda (Still Life with Kenta Cloth)


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"Still Life with Kenta Cloth" by Brenda Joysmith

24 x 18 inches, limited edition on paper, edition #424/750 -- framed


Brenda Joysmith is a contemporary pastel artist who was trained at the Chicago Institute of Art. Her goal is the positive depiction of everyday black life scenes-"which are as common as sunshine" (Joysmith, 2002). Literacy activities with other children and adults are important themes in many of her paintings, including Reading and Friendship (1990), Bible Study(1994), Storyteller (1990); as well as Bedtime Story (1991) and Ritual of Good Night (2001).

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Brenda Joysmith began her formal training in 1968 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then later received a BA degree in Fine Arts at the University of Chicago.Determined to achieve a professional artist's career, Ms. Joysmith came to the San Francisco Bay Area where she began exhibiting in local art shows and working as a portrait artist.She studied independently and at local colleges, traveled, and worked constantly at her easel as her creative skilled improved. Gradually expanding her list of patrons and exhibitions, Ms. Joysmith opened her first studio in 1980.

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