The Hippodrome Art Gallery proudly presents an exhibit by Turbado Marabou from January 10-February 18, 2018.
Art is a reflection of the human condition. It mirrors, defines and interprets ones culture, daily life and spirituality. This is the premise upon which my works and life are based. The images and concepts I draw from are wells full of rich cultural heritage and social values. Our Ancestors teach us that the beauty of life is working in tandem with the grand plan of creation. The courage of an Artist is being able to capture these aspects in their work in order to retain that which is meaningful to us as human beings, thus I contend Art is For Life’s Sake.
The Hippodrome Gallery is open weeknights (except Mondays) from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
We will be hosting an Art Walk Reception on Friday, January 26 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Turbado (Born James C. Miller Jr.) is originally from Gainesville, Florida. He studied at Florida A&M University under Prof. Kenneth Falana where he received his B.S. Degree. He received his M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison working under the late Prof. Dean Meeker. In Chicago, IL. Turbado’s career blossomed and he began creating murals with Chicago Public Art Group. During his four years with the Group, he was lead artist on several mural projects. Expanding his creative skills and talents, he established himself as a painter, drawer and a performing artist developing his skills as a storyteller centering on traditional African and African American folktales. He currently performs throughout Alachua County with various organizations including the library district.
Since his return home Turbado has been very active in the arts community. His list of accomplishments includes Founder Artist in Resident at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, exhibiting in several GFAA venues, participating in the Thomas Center’s In a Southern Garden Plenaire show and the 5th Avenue Paint Out for two years. He also had the honor of curating a debut show at the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. His recent list of exhibitions include Visionary Crossfit and Art Gallery, Cofrin Oak Hall Gallery, a month long exhibit at the Santa Fe College Blunt Center and CIED as well as the Alachua county library headquarters gallery, which also houses a commissioned mobile mural Turbado created with the youth in their permanent collection. His recent projects have brought him back to public art participating in the 352 walls initiative, producing a mural on South main and depot entitled Iyami meaning the great mother.
Turbado currently offers classes and workshops in drawing, painting and printmaking to groups and individuals. His philosophies and methods engage ones creativity for life’s sake. Examples of his work are featured in A Sociological Reader by Judith Blau and Keri E. Iyall Smith, Community Social Work Practice in Urban Context by Melvin Delgado and is in an upcoming book centering on the movement and legacy of Africobra by Dennis Forbes.
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