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Spotlight :: Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity,” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

Image Conscious recognizes the achievements of many Black artists in our community; in this Spotlight, we are highlighting Salaam Muhammad. As a teenager, this Missouri based artist discovered through his spirituality the power of art. Just like music, his art has universal appeal. Themes of love, connection, and unity resonate with everyone. With his art, he makes people feel emotions they may have forgotten. By the time he was a young man in his early 20s, he was traveling the country, attending venues and shows. His oil canvas and mixed media paintings speak vibrantly to everyone who comes across them. He can shift styles from photorealistic to cartoon illustrations. In Crown Me Lord – Woman, the artist renders his interpretation of Isiah 62:3 – You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Find Salaam Muhammad’s artwork and all of our Black voices in our Multicultural art section.

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Spotlight :: Black History Month

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Featuring Artist Salaam Muhammad

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The theme for Black History Month 2023 is “Black Resistance,” examines how “African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings,” since the earliest days in our nation.

Image Conscious recognizes the achievements of many Black artists in our community; in this Spotlight we are highlighting Salaam Muhammad. Salaam’s art is a celebration of people of color, painted in detail using oils and capturing the profound beauty of life through the combination of color, texture, and symbolism.

As a graduate of Rutgers Mason Gross Art Institute in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Salaam Muhammad got his start producing realism oil paintings as a freshman, and soon after created several pieces for various local businesses. Through his spirituality he discovered the power of art where he could creatively express themes of love, connection, and unity that resonate with everyone. His rising popularity sparked requests for creating art for popular galleries in New York, as well as speaking at various academic institutions.

Continuously striving to be a vessel for positive change and a visionary artist, his creations aim to depict a side of black life rarely seen in the mainstream.

Find the complete collection of Salaam Muhammad’s work and all of our Black voices in our Multicultural category.

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