Genesis Tramaine

Parables of Nana


London

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  • , Parable of Nana, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 152,4 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 60 x 1.5 inches
  • , Joy Comes In The Morning, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 152,4 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 60 x 1.5 inches
  • , Witnessing Grace, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 121,9 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 48 x 1.5 in
  • , Saint Sower, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 121,9 x 6,4 cm
    72 x 48 x 2.5 in
  • , Saint Jabez, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 121,9 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 48 x 1.5 in
  • , Prodigal Son, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 152,4 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 60 x 1.5 in
  • , Mustard Seed, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 121,9 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 48 x 1.5 in
  • , I Have All That I Need, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 121,9 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 48 x 1.5 in
  • , Good Seed Among Weeds, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 121,9 x 6.4 cm
    72 x 48 x 2.5 in
  • , Chasing Pearls, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 152,4 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 60 x 1.5 in
  • , Blood Brother's, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 152,4 x 3,8 cm
    72 x 60 x 1.5 in
  • , Bearer of Good News, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 182,9 x 6,4 cm
    72 x 72 x 2.5 in
  • , A Saint who Forgives, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 121,9 x 6,4 cm
    72 x 48 x 2.5 in
  • , Don’t be Shy, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    182,9 x 121,9 x 6.4 cm
    72 x 48 x 2.5 in
  • , Listen to your Nana, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Lawrys Seasons Salt, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    152,4 x 121,9 x 3,8 cm
    60 x 48 x 1.5 in
  • , Salt, Light & Grits, 2020
    Acrylic, Oil Sticks, Lawrys Seasons Salt, Spray Paint, Yeshua
    122 x 61 x 3,8 cm
    48 x 24 x 1.5 in
  • , A Saint. Malachi , 2020
    Acrylic, oil, paint stick, spray paint, Yeshua
    182.9 x 121.9 x 6.3 cm
    72 x 48 x 2 1/2 in
  • , Nana Paid For it, 2020
    Oil, acrylic, paint stick, Yeshua
    121.9 x 91.4 x 6.3 cm
    48 x 36 x 2 1/2 in
  • , I Prayed For You, 2020
    Oil Sticks, Acrylic, Yeshua
    185 x 125 cm
    72 7/8 x 49 1/4 in

Press release

Almine Rech is proud to present Parables of Nana, featuring a group of new paintings by American artist Genesis Tramaine. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

This exhibition explores the universal identity of the soul through the mortal lens of a spiritual being who navigates the world as a servant of God and happens to be a Black woman, a daughter, a grand-daughter, a sister, a cousin, a friend, an auntie, and a Queer wife. Tramaine invites audiences to contemplate themselves in the presence of Divine spirit through the human face, which cannot see itself unless seen in reflection.

Artists like Genesis Tramaine are often characterized as ‘outsider’, ‘visionary’ or ‘self-taught’ because of their examination of idiosyncratic realities that are imbued with imagination and visual power that encapsulates aesthetic criteria defined by the art historical canon. Her work brings together disparate traditions, practices and styles to create a visual collage of lines, shapes, patterns, brushstrokes, portraits and colorful iconography that examines how to restore ‘wholeness’ through faith.

Stylistically, Tramaine’s work references urban expressionism and art brut of the 1980s, reminiscent of Jean Michel Basquiat, without enigmatic epigrams or drug culture to influence her palette or visions. Conversely, her practice begins with a mental, physical and emotional submission to God with a prayer before, during and after she works. Akin to her name, Genesis, her practice manifests a spectacular surrogate universe that consumes her psyche and body into a spirited painting frenzy. Lead by spirit guides who can be seen within the work, it is not until she completes the paintings does she realize what she has made. This is like glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, in which people unconsciously speak words in languages unknown to the speaker.


- Halima Taha


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