robert freeman | about the artist

The African American community is as complex as any other. It has no single voice, no single way of seeing the world, and no single way of producing art, music, literature or theater. My paintings explore and celebrate the beauty, elegance and grace of the black middle class through my personal experience.

Much of my work draws inspiration from my childhood spent between two cultures: the Gold Coast, West Africa (now Ghana) and the East Coast of the United States. In my latest exhibition, New Works, I revisit the themes of race and culture that I explored in “Black Tie” (1981), part of a series that comments on the personal conflict I felt as African-Americans settled into middle-class life following the racial tensions of the 1960s and 1970s

Read the profile of Robert Freeman that is featured on Capital Community News. The article features the artist's view on when a work is complete and reviews Robert Freeman's show at the Zenith Gallery.

Watch the video of Robert Freeman talking about his painting, "Talking Drums", which was on exhibit as part of the, "Community of Artists" exhibition at Danforth Art. The "Community of Artists" show ran from June 9 - August 4, 2013.

Watch Robert Freeman speaking about Archiblad Motley's painting, Cocktails, as part of the multi-media African American Artists Tour created by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The painting "Black Tie," which is part of Robert Freeman's, "Social Season" series, was on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

For additional details please download the, "Robert Freeman Biographical" pdf, which includes information on Robert Freeman's exhibits, works placed in collections and teaching experience.

Watch Robert Freeman describe his creative process in a video from Rochester's WXXI-TV.

You can also watch the TV interview with Robert Freeman that was broadcast on WCSH, Channel 6, Portland, Maine.