The works “Black Girl Magic” and “Young One” are from my “Black Bounds” series of paintings. They are portraits of a brother and sister, children of a fellow artist friend who lives in Minneapolis. After the pandemic and the uprisings of 2020, I was driven to find a way to express hope for the future for the Black community as it was thrust into turmoil amidst the events from that time. The energy and positivity of their personalities inspired me to use them as models, to highlight the youth of today as the aspiration for better times to come.
Christopher E. Harrison is a fine artist, public artist and designer. He currently resides and works in Minneapolis, MN. He has exhibited his work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in solo and group shows, including MIAD (WI), Nemeth Art Center (MN), Soo Visual Art Center (MN), the Duluth Art Institute (MN), Ridgewater College (MN), Smack Mellon (NY) and the DeVos Art Museum (MI). His artist grants include the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the Jerome Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation and MRAC Next Step. He is currently an adjunct Lecturer of Drawing at the University of MN-Twin Cities.