Art Discussion: Wed. Feb. 8 At 6pm Toby Kamps & Floyd Newsum

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Join us for an informal discussion of Floyd Newsum’s new body of work between the artist and Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, one of America’s leading curators of modern and contemporary art.


Floyd Newsum, a painter and printmaker with a career spanning four decades, is a Houstonian by way of Memphis. Currently a University of Houston Downtown art professor, he spent his childhood years in Tennessee and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in Memphis before moving to Philadelphia where he earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Art.

Much of Newsum’s work demonstrates the influence of West African art in his work. His work is often filled with a signature combination of marks, and abstract patterns along with fish, birds, and ladders. His compositional style generally feels childlike; however, his subject matter centers on cultural climates, political statements, and world events. The contrast of his naive style and serious state of the world focus lend a multi-dimensional quality to his work. In his own words, Newsum has said “I want to provoke thought or conjecture from the viewer. My paintings are a collection of thoughts in a single composition, with the power to present more than one interpretation.”

About this exhibit, Newsum wrote, “The Kite series is a symbol of resilience. It is a form that is the equal to the ladder. The Kite soars against the sky and is able to confront the turbulence of life. For me, it also will suggest a playful form dancing across the visual space. It is my attempt to create the notion of stability in concert with graphic marks arranged in free-flowing gestural rhythm. The usual elements of the chicken, dog, ladder, house and woman with my whimsical marks are a staple in the compositions. This series also is about black and white with limited color.”

Floyd Newsum has two paintings acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture which opened in September, 2016. His work can be seen in many private collections around the country and many museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, along with public sculpture pieces in downtown Houston’s Art Block on Main Street, Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, and others.
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