By BLOUIN ARTINFO via uk.blouinartinfo.com
The exhibition titled “R.I.P. Bruce A. Davenport, Jr. | Artwork by Dapper Bruce Lafitte” is on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans.
The exhibition features colorful drawings by the artist that focuses on the city of New Orleans. Lafitte’s works include references to the city’s numerous schools, businesses, parks, institutions and its people. The artworks on display have mentions, remembrances, and criticism layered throughout. Grids and vertical lines are a part of the artist’s work along with aerial views of New Orleans’ streets. Lafitte’s work Get Out Colored People depicts the eviction and destruction of the Lafitte Housing Projects where the artist grew up. He collaborated with Dieu Donné Paper Mill to create handmade paper for his ten large-scale works which are part of the exhibition.
Dapper Bruce Lafitte, formerly known as Bruce M. Davenport Jr. (b.1972), is an American artist. A self-taught artist who received ample encouragement from his grandparents the artist started drawing from the age of 5. His works have been exhibited in various locations such as Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, La, VACANT Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, and Dieu Donné Gallery, New York, NY. He is the recipient of Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts: Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Fellowship and Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. Lafitte lives and works in Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans.
“R.I.P. Bruce A. Davenport, Jr. | Artwork by Dapper Bruce Lafitte” runs through September 23, 2017 at Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA.
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