Kaleidoscope: A Triple Threat of Artists

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Image courtesy of Craven Allen Gallery.



Clarence Heyward, William Paul Thomas and Charles Edward Williams are three artists at the forefront of a new generation of Black painters. They are featured in “Triple Threat: New paintings” at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham, guest-curated by artist Beverly McIver, a significant presence in contemporary American art. In this exhibit, McIver highlights each artist’s different approach to portraiture.

The exhibition will be on view September 9–October 28, with an opening reception taking place September 9 from 5–7 p.m. Craven Allen Gallery is located at 1106 ½ Broad Street in Durham. 
Learn more at cravenallengallery.com.

William Paul Thomas' Beauty Contest. Image courtesy of Craven Allen Gallery.

William Paul Thomas
Beauty Contest, 2023
Oil on canvas
36 x 72 inches


“I choose specific models as a way of recognizing their significance in my life’s path. I relish being able to honor everyday people through making images. We regularly celebrate women and men of prominence in mass media, so I take advantage of the opportunity to highlight the people who impact me on a more direct level than any untouchable celebrity or distant historical figure could.”

Clarence Heyward's "Telvin." Image courtesy of Craven Allen Gallery.

Clarence Heyward
Telvin, 2023
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches


“Using painting as my primary tool of communication, I make works examining my identity as a Black American man, husband and father; compositions documenting my life experiences, and how the media and historical documentations contribute to the perception of Black Americans and our collective culture.”


Charles Edward Williams' "Refine: Swim." Image courtesy of Craven Allen Gallery.

Charles Edward Williams
Refine: Swim, 2023
Oil on watercolor paper
30 x 22 inches

“With each brush stroke I seek to express, in a more perfect way, a response to the complexities within our culture, history and my own internal struggle. Water is where I am most vulnerable—it’s a place to intersect with my authentic self. I encourage others to self-examine, question the false boundaries that separate us, and view the interconnectedness of our common existence.”

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