Two Sides to the Story

“History is a vast expanse of different perspectives, as the saying goes there are two sides to every story.” - the artist

Peaceful Protest, 2018, Oil and charcoal on Linen, $500

Peaceful Protest, 2018, Oil and charcoal on Linen, $500

History is a vast expanse of different perspectives, as the saying goes there are two sides to every story. It is important to recognize that more times than not, the people in power will have their history told or manipulate history to make themselves look better.

Black Star Edited Edition, 2018, Oil on canvas, 30 x 36, $350

Black Star Edited Edition, 2018, Oil on canvas, 30 x 36, $350

In my art work, I try to explore the moment, people, and objects that aren’t well known in the mainstream history. More specifically, I explore moments in African American history.

Growing up, my family made sure that I was well educated about the struggles, victories, and heroes in our history. Learning those stories help feed my love for history, and realize that the history that I know is not necessarily what my peers know. I learned about Emmett Till and the 16th Street bombing from my parents, but in school they were barely mentioned.

Running of the Negros, 2018, Oil on canvas stretched over panel, 14 x 14, $150

Running of the Negros, 2018, Oil on canvas stretched over panel, 14 x 14, $150

My art often incorporates text, preferably handwritten, so that the work can connect viewers to more in-depth information surrounding specific events.

About the artist:

Lillian Young is an African American painter and art educator.

“My art focuses on highlighting people, moments, and objects centered around the Black Experience that are left out of mainstream narrative. I want my art to be a starting point for people to have those uncomfortable conversations about issues that are considered taboo to discuss. As our country changes it is important for us to remember our history so that we can learn from our mistakes.” - the artist. Source: lillartlife.org

To view more work by the artist, please visit lillartlife.org. You may also follow the artist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lillartlife, as well as Instagram @lillife_and_art.


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