Saturday, April 14, 2012

Urban realism


Roy Ferdinand (d. 2004) was a New Orleans artist who called his work "urban realism." His paintings on poster board of tough neighborhoods were unflinching. He was quoted as saying, "A lot of times I've used people I've known who've died on the street." That certainly seems to be the case here. Ferdinand died of cancer, pretty much penniless. He was only 45.

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