Current Exhibition: Iconic Black Women featuring Hiawatha D.
Hiawatha D. has been a well-known and revered artist for decades. His work brings a brilliant vibrancy to the covers of books and numerous collectibles, with his signature abstract cubism and surrealism style— identifiable throughout his extensive body of work. Inspired by Black people transcending historical, societal, racial and economic challenges in America, Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman, is Hiawatha D.’s homage to the resilience, power and beauty of Black women and Black women history-makers.
“This collection is powerful because it tells a story of amazing women, and although Black women are very important to our society they are often inappropriately stereotyped and significantly underrepresented in all sectors,” stated Hiawatha. “The sacrifices, and accomplishments Black women make are rarely celebrated. They often represent the highest majority of our population with death rates from preventable diseases and other maladies making them constantly endangered. My work has always been supported by Black women from across my many communities and through this collection, I can share my love and appreciation for the foundation they all provide in supporting and sustaining our culture and communities,” he continued.
Hiawatha D. is a graduate of the Burnley School of Professional Art. He has developed a signature style featuring vibrant scenes combining abstract, cubism and surrealism throughout his body of work. Using various mediums to interpret the energy observed in African American people throughout his travels, Hiawatha uses acrylic paint, pencil and watercolor, on cotton rag or canvas. On occasion, he also creates on ceramic bisque and wood panels. His visual artist inspirations include Salvador Dali, Jacob Lawrence, William H. Johnson, Pablo Picasso, and Henry O. Tanner, among others.
Hiawatha D. has shared his craft through teaching and presenting at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools and for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. He also designs and teaches programs for young people including City Art Camp, a summer program for City of Seattle Parks and Recreation. His work has been sold at Nordstrom and exhibited at galleries and trade shows nationwide.
Hiawatha D. sells his work online through his website and social media and private home showings where attendees are offered intimate company with the pieces and the artist to ask questions and learn more about investing and collecting art.
“Several of the pieces in this collection are inspired by legends such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, yet all women can recognize and see themselves in these moving and powerful images. There are images that represent Black women profiles and issues we all know about to provoke thought and encourage discussion as well. Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman is my way of honoring women and showing how connected we all are to the stories painted in this collection,” said Hiawatha.
Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman Art Exhibition will be featured at Northwest African American Art Museum, October 18, 2019 – March 15, 2020. The entire community is invited to visit, learn and enjoy the stories painted and presented by Hiawatha D.