Opening reception: Friday, November 19 / 5-8pm
Free and open to the public
Presented by 3S Artspace and Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

Additional reception: Friday, December 3 / 5-8pm during Art 'Round Town (monthly gallery walk in Portsmouth)

Daniel Minter

Daniel Minter is an American artist known for his work in the mediums of painting and assemblage. His overall body of work often deals with themes of displacement and diaspora, ordinary/extraordinary blackness; spirituality in the Afro-Atlantic world; and the (re)creation of meanings of home. Minter works in varied media — canvas, wood, metal, paper. twine, rocks, nails, paint… This cross-fertilization strongly informs his artistic sensibility. His carvings become assemblages. His paintings are often sculptural. Throughout Minter’s work he embeds a kind of codex, a set of symbols called “keys” that tell a complex and layered story centered in an African American historical context yet are connected to Black histories in the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, and especially, Brazil.

“I am seeking to find ways to visually express the notion that all forms of life hold all other forms in themselves. We have the capacity to be in a quantum exchange with each other and all of forms of life in the universe”.

Minter’s work has been exhibited in numerous institutions and galleries including the Portland Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, The Charles H. Wright Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Bates College, University of Southern Maine, The David C. Driskell Center and the Northwest African American Art Museum. A travel grant from the National Endowment for the Arts enabled him to live and work in Salvador, Bahia Brazil where he established relationships that have continued to nurture his life and work in important ways.

As founding director of Maine Freedom Trails, Minter has helped highlight the history of the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement in New England. For the past 15 years he has raised awareness of the forced removal in 1912 of an interracial community on Maine’s Malaga Island. His formative work on the subject of Malaga emerges from Minter’s active engagement with the island, its descendants, archeologists, anthropologists and scholars. His dedication to righting history was pivotal in the island’s dedication as a public preserve. In 2019, Minter co-founded Indigo Arts Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating the artistic development of people of African descent. Minter is graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from The Maine College of Art.


Select pieces in this exhibit are gratefully on loan from Greenhut Galleries.


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