roy ferdinand

vampiress by roy ferdinand 22" X 28" SOLD

For fifteen years, artist Roy Ferdinand chronicled the street life and characters from some of New Orleans’s toughest wards. He created an epic body of work—some two thousand drawings scattered among private collections, galleries, and museums across the country—documenting the distinct, creative, yet often troubled culture of the city’s African American neighborhoods.

Ferdinand, who died at age forty-five in 2004, was a self-taught artist who called his work “urban realism.” His career coincided with the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and 90s, an era when for many years New Orleans had the highest murder rate in the nation. His uncompromising vision often mixed social criticism with the exaggerated, self-aggrandizing style of rap, and a decade after his death his work remains powerfully relevant.

Drawn on poster board with drug store art materials—ink markers, colored pencils, and children’s water colors—his best works offer compositionally sophisticated, realist portraits of life in New Orleans’ impoverished black neighborhoods. Ferdinand compared himself to a battlefield sketch artist and drew on events he saw firsthand, heard about, or read in the pages of the local newspaper

new orleans street-walker by roy ferdinand 22" X 28" ON EBAY (slight mark in bottom right hand corner)