Ira Watkins painting

Ira Watkins artworks exhibited at the John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Shipyard artist Ira Watkins is one of four African American artists selected for an exhibit at the John Natsoulas Gallery.

Four For The Figure

February 28 – April 5, 2024

John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street, Davis, CA | | 530-756-3938

Opening reception March 8, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Live music and free refreshments.

Gallery hours: Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

From the gallery’s website:
The John Natsoulas Gallery is thrilled to host an exciting exhibition, Four For The Figure, featuring a multitalented group of artists. Peer into the intensely intricate and lyrical worlds of four prolific artists, Larry Clark, Dr. Clarence Major, Kevin Snipes, and Ira Watkins, all of whom channel their painterly aesthetics through canvas and ceramics to explore the figure’s character and to celebrate their shared African American identity.

[Ira Watkins] is the activist responsible for the stunning mural of Martin Luther King in Waco, Texas. He is a Bay Area resident and self-taught artist whose compositions often portray the African American diaspora in the Bay Area during World War II, and whose scenes commemorate Black compassion. From February 28 to April 5, you can see their art in conversation with one another and discover how each artist uniquely addresses the human form. Paintings by the four showcase the importance of contemporaneous visual arts, music, prose and poetry, and the experiences of participating in American culture as Black artists.

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