This month’s LA Art artist spotlight is on April Bey.
Based in Los Angeles, but hailing from The Bahamas (New Providence), April Bey brings L.A. (and beyond) a delightful sense of power, sensuality, and Black, female resilience in the face of societal expectations and historical erasure.
With a beautiful blend of AfroFuturism, AfroSurrealism, post-colonialism, and an introspective critique of American and Bahamian culture, feminism, social media, and post-colonialism and constructs of race within perpetuated supremacist systems, April Bey brings us a discerning mélange to marvel at.
Using mixed media, Bey’s collage work mingles fabric, wood, caulking and resin.
Internationally exhibited in Italy, Spain, and Ghana, Bey likewise sports a series of a whopping seven solo exhibitions: Picky Head at Liquid Courage Gallery in Nassau, Bahamas, COMPLY at Coagula Curatorial in Chinatown, Los Angeles, MADE IN SPACE at Band of Vices Gallery in West Adams, a large survey of work spanning several years, Welcome to Atlantica at Fullerton College Art gallery, Atlantica: The Gilda Region at The California African American Museum and When You’re on Another Planet and They Just Fly at Gavlak Gallery Los Angeles.
Bey is a tenured professor at Glendale College and represented by Gavlak Gallery Los Angeles.