As a painter, installation and performance artist, Stan Squirewell’s multiple disciplines dovetail into common thread of how the “ancient” is analogous to the future in many ways. Specifically speaking, he mines ancient West African images and draws parallels to contemporary sci-fi motifs. One particularly great example is his adaptation of the West African Kente patterns. While some may see them as a bold geometric design, Squirewell juxtaposes them to predate design modules seen in computer processing chips and video games. Similarly, his other figurative drawings are inherited to the West African indigenous peoples such as the Akan and the Ndebele, evidenced in the protean black character in his “Anomoloy Plates” series. Pulling from themes of race, memory, mythology, and science, all the while cutting through space and time, Squirewell…


undermines common narratives of African “primitives” to recontextualize black lineage.


Born in Washington DC, Squirewell now splits his time between his hometown and New York. He completed his MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art and has had solo shows at the Rush Philanthropic, International Visions Gallery, UMC Art Council, Warehouse Gallery, and the National Visionary Leadership Project. He’s also been featured in numerous groups shows including BRIC, Studio Museum of Harlem, Art Basel, among others and has also performed with Nick Cave at the National Portrait Gallery. He was the first prize winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series National Competition and the recipient of the Tom Miller Scholarship for excellence in the Arts and the artist grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His work is featured in the permanent collections of Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Smithsonian African American Museum, Dr. David C. Driskell Center, and the Reginald Lewis Museum.

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