New Jersey based artist and educator Bisa Butler creates unique quilts featuring Afrocentric images and notable figures such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Basquiat, and Josephine Baker. Butler first became interested in quilting, after creating a quilt for her ailing grandmother. Soon after, she sharpened the sewing skills she was taught as a young girl, and utilized her fine art education to create beautiful, intricate, quilts which depicted aspects of African-American life.
Butler’s works have been featured in exhibitions all over the country, including The Smithsonian, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Works by Bisa Butler are currently on view in New Jersey through March 15, as part of “Art in the Atrium.”
(“African Spirit Collection”)
(“The Quiltmakers Garden”)
(“Angels Will Sing” Image via Morristown Green.)