"My mission is to create a dialogue around the aesthetic and importance of black women by installing my work throughout Oregon."
Sadé Beasley is a Portland native residing in North Portland's New Columbia. She is influenced by African American portraiture from painters such as Arvie Smith, Kehinde Wiley, and Kerry James Marshall - by engaging in the visual rhetoric of strength in her representations of black women. With the intent to interrupt the insufficient voice given to women of color - specifically black women, she uses bold brushstrokes and large canvas space to dramatically call attention to the women she paints. Her work vocalizes a dialogue of acceptance for the aesthetic of her own blackness and the evocative resiliency of her personal life adversity.
White Gallery, Look What They Taught Us, Solo Exhibition
Littman Gallery, 6th Annual Juried Exhibition
August 2018 - Salem Art Association - Salem, OR
May 2018 - Art Saved My Life - Portland, OR
Acanit. Regional Arts and Cultural Council. Portland, OR. Acquired 2019
Isabis. Regional Arts and Cultural Council. Portland, OR. Acquired 2019
Abbey Creek Vineyard and Winery, 2016 Afrodite for a Cause rosé de pinot wine label. North plains, OR 2017
Dr. Crystal Bujol, Five series book covers. Gifford, FL 2018
2015 - 2018 BS Business Administration: Management & Leadership - Portland State University