Their First Taste of the Strange Fruit
Mixed media on gelatin silver print
70 x 50 inches
Billy Colbert's work can be described as visual folklore. He is intrigued by the lost art of story telling and its listening audience. By layering imagery, literature, and dynamic colors, Colbert creates a complex atmosphere in his work that encourages viewers to contemplate the multifaceted lives of those represented.
Colbert has had solo exhibitions at the African American Museum in Dallas and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington. In 2000, Colbert was selected best in show at the Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Biennial Competition.
Colbert received his MFa in Painting from the University of Delaware in 2000. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.
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