Earlier this month, South Seattle’s Northwest African American launched “Daniel Minter: Carvings” revealing the tactile method employed to resurface histories and folklore of the Black Diaspora.
Indeed, painter, sculptor and illustrator Daniel Minter uses cultural iconography to represent the rich and complex heritage of the Black American South, which he connects to broader rituals and traditions present within the African Diaspora.
His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums, including the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Bates College, Hammonds House Museum, Northwest African American Art Museum, Museu Jorge Amado and the Meridian International Center.
Minter lived in Chicago and Brooklyn before moving to Portland, Maine where he now resides with his wife, Marcia, and their son, Azari. From his base in Maine, Minter uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail, serves on the board of The Ashley Bryan Center, at The Illustration Institute and teaches at the Maine College of Art. He also serves as board chair of The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations.
Minter has illustrated 11 children’s books, including Step Right Up; How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness, and Ellen’s Broom which won a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor; Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story, winner of a Best Book Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio; and The Riches of Oseola McCarty, named an Honor Book by the Carter G. Woodson Awards.
He was commissioned in both 2004 and 2011 to create Kwanzaa stamps for the U.S. Postal Service.
Minter’s Northwest African American Museum exhibition hosts a collection of painted woodcarvings and linoleum block prints from numerous children’s books, and explores Minter’s process, which begins with meticulously carving images into wooden blocks and concludes with colorful reproductions of the image.
The exhibit runs now through Sept. 17, 2017.