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"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 and sonorous 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.

Galleries

Littman Gallery, 6th Annual Juried Exhibition

Artist Residencies

May 2018 - Art Saved My Life - Portland, OR

Commissions

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

Education

2015 - 2018 BS Business Administration: Management & Leadership - Portland State University