Joyce Owens

Through her paintings, sculptural masks, and installations, Joyce Owens addresses racism and “Black self-determination.” She primarily uses acrylic paints on canvas and paper, but she also includes found objects in her two- and three-dimensional works. Whether modern or from the past, her subjects are strong, often outwardly standing against racism with drive and hope. “I made the decision to do work that was positive,” she says. “I decided not to do angry black men and angry black women. I painted what I saw. I want people to see positive examples, and I saw many.”

Source: the History Makers, Classic Chicago magazine