Artist Fulton Leroy Washington (aka Mr. Wash)— whose work is currently on display at the Hammer Museum and The Huntington in the multimedia exhibition, “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” through August 1 2021; and in his free solo exhibition, “Inside Perspective,” at South Pasadena’s SPARC Gallery through May 30, 2021 — will talk about his striking photorealistic art and extraordinary life in a free Zoom webinar on May 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
While serving more than 20 years of a mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense in the “War on Drugs” 1990s, Louisiana-born Washington taught art classes and painted striking portraits of fellow inmates and political figures, as well as subjects based on news stories and historic events. His noted 2014 work, “Emancipation Proclamation,” based on Frances Bicknell Carpenter’s, “First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln, was both powerful, and, as it turned out, prescient. Washington’s sentence was commuted in 2016 after he was granted clemency by President Barack Obama.
In addition to Washington’s current exhibitions and his Black Lives Matter Residency at the Crenshaw Dairy Mart artist collective and gallery, a solo exhibition of the artist’s work will open at the Aishti Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon in October 2021.
The registration link for the free Zoom webinar, “An Evening With Fulton Leroy Washington,” is at the SPARC website (www.sopasartscouncil.org). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and detailed information. Advance registration is advised.
(“Inside Perspective,” curated by Richard Blue Trimarchi of Art Works Fine Art Publishing, can be viewed by appointment at the SPARC Gallery, 1121 Mission Street, inside the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. For free private showings through the end of the exhibition, please contact Blue Trimarchi at (626) 676-4195 for availability. Masks are required.)