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Is the whole world on fire?

The exhibition is on display from

Tuesday 21st October to Friday 21 November 2014

We are open Tuesday to Saturday

10am to 6pm

The artist HumphriesEric Humphries was raised in rural Norman, Oklahoma. From an early age Humphries was interested in drawing and painting and spent much of his free time doing so. With few artistic influences to call upon, Humphries practiced copying comic books and cartoons. In later years, he found himself drawn to politically motivated artists such as Diego Rivera and Keith Haring, and inevitably, decided that he would take his art in a socially conscious direction as well. Works by Humphries reflect an individuality forged by years of experimentation and an emphasis on simplifying down the key elements. The paintings Humphries makes are allegorical, depicting true life historical events as seen through the eyes of an artist.


Tulsa Race Riot Travelling Exhibition –

Pat of the  Tulsa works Attack-On-Mt-ZionThe Tulsa Race Riot was one of the worst riots in American history. During sixteen hours of fighting, over 800 people were injured and 10,000 people were left homeless. There were more than 1,000 homes destroyed by fire and millions of dollars in damage occurred. The number of black citizens killed by whites, as a result of the riot, is estimated at around 300. Greenwood, the black side of Tulsa, was destroyed.


Image from the Tulsa works Exodus to anywhere elseThis exhibition, entitled “Is the whole world on fire?“, is comprised of a series of eight canvases depicting the events occurring May 31 through June 1, 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, commonly known as the Tulsa Race Riot. The paintings are arranged in chronological order. Each one tells a part of the story so that the viewer is led through the entire event one canvas at a time. Each canvas is also accompanied by several small signs which tell their own part of the story and a print of the actual photograph that inspired the painting.

When asked about the full scale replica of his exhibition "Is the Whole World on Fire?" being shown in Liverpool, England, Humphries stated, "I think that it is fantastic. The point of making this exhibition was not only to teach people the story of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, but to show them the immense devastation that hatred left unchecked can cause. To think of this story traveling all of the way to England to touch the consciousness of those people as well, makes me very happy.  I feel like I've done something worth while with my art. " 

 

 

Part of the Tulsa works People were herded like cattle.This exhibition is appropriate for all ages.

The exhibition is curated for 'Shap' by

Mr Joe Farrag.

 

Joe |Farragatshap [dot] org [dot] uk

 http://www.paintedatrocities.com/

 

 

 

 

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