Figures of Color: Radically Black
10.2.21 - 10.30.21
Artist Reception Saturday October 2, 2021 6-9pm

Figures of Color is an ongoing project that looks closely at how black skin is represented in works of art, and the relationship between this representation and elements of light and darkness.  Taking inspiration from painters such as Kerry James Marshall and Jon Key, the images contain a painterly quality which pushes the boundaries of photography.  The work focuses on the marriage between color and form, engaging with stark Blackness as a symbol, while leaving room for creative interpretation.  In a world that’s constantly changing, it’s interesting to think about all the ways in which black and white work together.  This visual concept paired with the fundamental issues of race, make for a life-long personal project.


This fall, Marcus Maddox will be returning to his hometown, Nashville, TN, to present his first large scale works from Figures of Color, at Red Arrow Gallery.  For the past four years, Maddox has been bridging the gap between painting and photography by utilizing elements of color and form. 


Now, for the first time, scale is being implemented into the genre-bending series. Works like All the pain, all the tears (2017) will be enlarged to a monumental 40 x 60 inches, urging the viewer to see the work in the light of contemporary fine art painters.

Marcus Maddox is a photographer (b. 1994) living and working in Philadelphia, PA. His work is characterized by a natural tone, guided by intuition and empathy. He became interested in making images while growing up in Nashville, TN, getting his start by observing local musicians. Drawn towards the personal, Maddox sets out to capture the human condition in a meaningful and cinematic way.

His work has appeared in select publications including The New Yorker, NPR, American Chordata, Atmos Magazine, Wire Magazine, She Shreds Magazine, The FADER, New York Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, The Independent Photographer, and The New York Times. His prints have been exhibited in the United States and internationally.