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I create mostly paintings of people because I have always loved people. I am fascinated by our joys, challenges, triumphs, and the ways we give and receive love. I am captivated by the way each person has the ability to express the God within themselves in a unique way. I delight in the manifestation of our creator’s multifaceted being through people. I do not support or promote separatism or division of people. I value variety, genuine diversity and the sharing of creative and loving energy between all of us.

I paint black people. I know how to paint people of other ethnicities, and occasion I’ve painted people who were not of African descent. I choose to paint black people living their everyday lives as an urgent need to communicate that we are human. It’s my peaceful battle against the idea that out of the many different ethnicities and cultures on the earth, that only one is the standard or pinnacle for all others to aspire to reach. I paint positive images of black people because of the desperate need to see and self-identify with good. I create and promote images that communicate that we have value. I combat tokenism and stereotypical tropes that flood our visual culture.   

Metro Washington DC

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Metro Washington DC

All work by Reshada

Reshada Pullen-Jireh
2013, 36"x24", Acrylic on Canvas
Reshada Pullen-Jireh
2012, 18"x24", Acrylic on Canvas