Five Finger Felicia by Akilah Watts, 2019. Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12 x 12 inches
Beautifully Braided is a series of Drawings and Paintings of black women and girls’ hairstyles. The purpose of this series is to show the beauty, balance, grace, and strength in the females who adorn them while exploring the ideas of Paradise through Caribbean imagery.
Akilah Watts is a Barbadian Contemporary Artist who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from the Barbados Community College(BCC) in 2017. Akilah works with a number of media including drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture as well as high and low relief paintings. Akilah has exhibited locally (Barbados) in a number of group exhibitions at The Punch Creative Arena, the Frame & Art Co., Grande Salle Central Bank of Barbados), The Crane Gallery and in a few other spaces. She has also been featured in a few local publications such as the Easy magazine and the Exporter magazine. Some of her works deal with pop culture and cultural exchange as well as Barbadian folklore and traditions through ideas of play and souvenirs. Watts’ new works touch on issues such as race, culture as well as ideas of belonging and beauty. Akilah has started pursuing her dream of showing around the world, starting with showing in Prizm Art Fair 2017 in Miami and participating in a mail art exhibition in Romania in 2018. In March of 2019, Akilah exhibited in her first solo show entitled ‘Barbadiana Nostalgia’
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