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Marshall, Ulysses, (A Song For You)


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"A Song For You" by Ulysses Marshall
30 x 40 inches, paperdoll and acrylic on canvas -- unframed

Ulysses Marshall calls himself an artist in exile because he spends a lot of time alone. He says the term anchors him and gives him the space to create independently. Growing up in Vienna, Georgia, he had no playmates, so as his grandmother made patchwork quilts, Ulysses played paper dolls with cuttings from catalogs and magazines. He has been painting and doing collage art for 30+ years and recently began calling his collages paper dolls.

Ulysses came to Washington, DC and was accepted at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where he completed his undergraduate work and received a Phillip Morris Fellowship to complete his graduate work at MICA. He also did graduate work with Grace Hartigan at the Hoffberger School of Painting and he is the recipient of the Whitney Independent Study Fellowship in New York, as well as several Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Awards. Some artists he admires are William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Renee Cox, Henri Matisse, Franz Kline, and Robert Motherwell.

Ulysses has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum, John Heinz History Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, International Visions Gallery, De Menil Art Gallery, and Williams College. His art works are in both private and public collections. Professionally, his biggest challenge is having articles published about his art. He thinks this is important because it secures him a place in history and makes his work more important. He also finds it challenging that there are so few African American galleries in the area and white galleries often do not know how to accept the expressions in his work. He says the rejections motivate him and push him to continue doing what’s fun to him.

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