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hasaan kirkland

The work of Hasaan Kirkland has been described as a visual editorial filled with layers of cerebral stimulation on Black Culture and American History.  The arc of his work ranges from pallet knife constructed paintings reflecting the ancestral past of African sculpture, cubism and abstract identity, through visual texture and designed compositions of collage and painted canvas.  His work is has been influenced by Romare Bearden, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lois Mae Lou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, and Ernie Barnes.   Hasaan Kirkland's work traverses between traditional fine art [painting-drawing], illustration and digital art.  In his work one can find moments of surreal thinking, abstract figurative and portrait images of notable historic icons, to compositions of color and images of non-objective expressive lines.  While establishing a career as an artist, Hasaan Kirkland is also a father, husband, entrepreneur, CEO and a full time professor of Visual Art.  Kirkland recently taught for 17 + years at Johnson C. Smith University, as well for short spells of time at Washington State University and Central Piedmont Community College.  Hasaan Kirkland's work has received patronage and support by private collectors, universities and galleries.  This entrepreneur, educator, art advocate and artist desires that while engaging with his work, his viewers will recognize the universal power, value and experience of creative intelligence found in all forms of art and know, these many forms of human expression bind us together as well as set us free.