David Driskell at 80: Doorways, Passages, and Thresholds of Light

This is the second post in a series by Curator Elsa Smithgall to honor artist David Driskell‘s 80th birthday and celebrate Creative Spirit: The Art of David C. Driskell on view through December 16 at The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Read part one here.

When their father died in the forest, his room became a room of refuge . . .

His was a time of sweetness, of crimson flowers, orange light . . .

David Driskell, Doorway, 2009, serigraph, 6 x 9 in., The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 2010, From Doorway portfolio with poetry by Michael Albert, Cardinal Point Press

In my last post I looked back upon the days of David Driskell’s formative years at Howard and his early defining encounters with art at the Phillips and Barnett Aden Gallery.  Over the next fifty years, as his life brought him from Skowhegan to Talladega, Maine, Africa, and beyond, Driskell never lost sight of his “priestly calling” and abiding passion for “living with art.” In 2011 Driskell crossed into his 81st year—an important threshold for an artist who has come so far, accomplished so much, and opened the door for so many. In this vibrant multi-colored print by Driskell called Doorway from 2009, the artist represents the doorway as a passage between two worlds — interior and exterior, material and spiritual, real and imagined. As the colors and forms meld into one another like molten liquid, their fluid edges ebb and flow in undulating rhythms. Continue reading “David Driskell at 80: Doorways, Passages, and Thresholds of Light” »