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Halim Flowers

A Deeper History In Time

Exhibition: June 3 – June 30, 2021

 

Stella Jones Gallery invites you to join us in welcoming Halim Flowers in his first solo exhibition. 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. Flowers felt a particular kinship with Stephen Hawkins whose bodily imprisonment and limitations of movement seemed to reflect his own incarceration. This exhibition represents an homage to Stephen Hawkin and his book, A Brief History of Time.

… time has been such a critical part of my life, just like being raised at the time of Reaganomics and crack and the superpredator time and me getting time in prison and so, you know, the time I’ve been home and the time I’ve been a painter.

 

Flowers earned credit as a student and became inspired to write and self-publish eleven books while in prison. Since being released, Flowers has worked with Kim Kardashian for her documentary, The Justice Project and collaborated with Kanye West in a spoken word performance. He has received the Halcyon Arts Lab and Echoing Green fellowships. He has been featured in exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration) and as a panelist at conferences on the campuses of many universities around the country. He is currently working on recording a spoken-word album and painting.

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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.