We’re shining a light on some of our favorite Black painters, photographers, and artists across the Chairish network this week. The network of creatives who make Chairish what it is is global and varied, and this is just a small selection of makers we’d like to highlight. From photography to paintings and collage (and everything that combines them into one), these works catch the eye and capture our imaginations all at once.

And be sure to see the draft directory of Black designers and sellers across our network to see more of the creatives, design pros, and small business owners who contribute their art to Chairish.

Self portrait photographs of Fares Micue posing with flowers and paper cranes

Fares Micue is a self-portrait artist who creates elegant conceptual pieces using her own body. Often featuring hyper-saturated colors and simple backgrounds, her work is full of symbolism, with every element serving an artistic purpose. Her work can be viewed as a whole story, condensed into a single frame.

Graphic photographs by Douglas Condzo in black and white and bright purple and yellow

Douglas Condzo is a photographer and filmmaker based in Maputo, Mozambique. Working across fashion, documentary, portraiture, and narrative storytelling, Douglas’s pieces embody a wide range of interests as well as his dedication to finding and illuminating tender moments of realness, complexity, and beauty.

Niqui Carter photographs with yellow and orange color schemes

Niqui Carter is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been shown across America and in Paris. Her pieces blend both disciplines she studied in the US and France — photography and painting — with vivacious color and eye-catching forms. She uses a digital camera to create pieces that could easily exist as abstract paintings.

Rochelle Sodipo uses photography and digital and paper collage to create these portraits

Rochelle Sodipo is a visual artist, performance artist, and creative director. She uses digital and paper collage to celebrate and dissect the Black female experience in America. Inspired by artists and creatives like Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, and Nina Simone, Rochelle constructs narratives that examine and honor the lives of Black women.

Three of Ebony Boyd's bright, impressionist paintings with myriad colors

Memphis-based Ebony Boyd is an emerging artist with a passion for creating beautiful things. She studied classical voice and choral music, which influences the celebratory art she loves to create. Expect joyous color, abstract figures, and sly musical influences like Maria Callas (right, above).

Abstract paintings by Avery Williamson in black and white and blue and orange color schemes

Avery Williamson’s abstract pieces depict fantasy or alternative realities. Her provocative work explores the full capacities and boundaries of canvas, wood, and paper. Layers of pencil and paint allow for transparency and let the pieces appear to float. There are pockets of excitement and tension, as well as play and curiosity, in every piece.

Birmingham based Joseph Turner created these three abstract paintings in neutral tones

Birmingham-based artist Joseph Turner creates unique abstracts in moody, sophisticated palettes. He’s a self-taught artist who’s currently studying interior design. As a creative and soon-to-be professional designer, Joseph hopes to devise pieces that create a warm, homey atmosphere for his clients.


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January 15, 2021

Dennis Sarlo is the executive editor of Chairish and a lover of all things design-related. Prior to joining the team, he served as the executive editor of Dering Hall and was the first site director of Architectural Digest. He was also part of the founding team of travel startup Jetsetter. He lives in New York.