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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 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

White Gallery, Look What They Taught Us, Solo Exhibition

Littman Gallery, 6th Annual Juried Exhibition

Artist Residencies

August 2018 - Salem Art Association - Salem, OR

May 2018 - Art Saved My Life - Portland, OR

Public Works

Acanit. Regional Arts and Cultural Council. Portland, OR. Acquired 2019

Isabis. Regional Arts and Cultural Council. Portland, OR. Acquired 2019

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