Blurring the lines between abstraction and figuration, Sheppard creates mid to large-scale paintings depicting cultural figures and friends in the Black community.
"Ferrari Sheppard is a creative force to be reckoned with-his paintings have a boldness that electrifies the space they hold. He has emerged as a poignant voice in contemporary painting and we are honored to share this new body of work at UTA Artist Space," said Arthur Lewis, UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space Creative Director.
Blurring the lines between abstraction and figuration, Sheppard creates mid to large-scale paintings depicting cultural figures and friends in the Black community. He incorporates gold leaf, adding a religious iconographical effect throughout his pieces, catching light and accentuating the presence of certain figures in his work. The large acrylic color, charcoal, and velvet on canvas paintings entail a sense of movement through the colors and brushstroke used, allowing the viewer to feel immersed in the painting.
Positions of Power is a summation of an era. Vibrant, plush and tender, these paintings are love letters to those who carried the weight of the "war on drugs" and risked it all in pursuit of humanity and economic freedom in the United States of America. A reclamation for a generation maligned for profit by the criminal justice system, Positions of Power is also for the survivors-a reverie for the onlooker. A chance to remember those once previously held. Those whose memory sustains us in the aftermath.