Works by John Lister

Works by Halim Flowers


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Halim Flowers & John Lister

“Meeting of Two Kings”

Opening: Saturday, August 7, 2021, 4pm – 7pm

Exhibition: August 2 – August 30, 2021





As we celebrate our 25th anniversary year, Stella Jones Gallery is looking to the future of not only the gallery, but of Black Art and the many artists whose careers have not yet been established. We are encouraged when we look at two young artists who had their inaugural exhibitions with us this year and welcome back Halim Flowers and John Lister in an exhibition that showcases their personal struggles and the ongoing struggles and lifestyles of Black Americans.


Both Flowers and Lister utilize the visual language of stylized figures, icons, text, symbols and bold colors with Lister also introducing collaged drawings throughout his work. Individually they are influenced by heroes who include artists, writers, athletes and musicians. They both use the crown motif to recognize their own majesty and to depict themselves as Kings, superseding the monikers that others have and continue to place on them. As black men who grew up with more challenges than most, they are finding themselves through their paintings.


Flowers is among a group of African American artists that have used their visual art platform to call for social change; however, he categorizes his art as a “love movement:” Having spent the last twenty-two years incarcerated after being wrongly imprisoned as a youth, he used his time reading voraciously and found himself intrigued by scientific theories of time.


Lister has had many health challenges from an early age but went on to earn a BFA from Bowie State University and attended Morgan State University. He has a myriad of influences on his work but considers Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Gustav Klimt, Robert Rauschenberg, Henri Matisse and Roy Lichenstein to be his greatest inspirations.


Stella Jones Gallery is proud to be among the 250 Black owned small businesses across the U.S. that are being recognized by Beyonce’s 2020 directory.  We were selected as a 2018 Downtown NOLA Awards Honoree for bringing diversity to downtown New Orleans and are listed as a Cultural Landmark by “The Drum” newspaper and named by “Thrillist” as one of the four spots that have transformed the Arts District in NOLA’s hottest neighborhood. The gallery is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021 and remains committed to educating collectors, museums and the community on the political, social and economic impact that African American Artists and their work have had.