Anikka African Woman Canvas, Anikka African Woman Canvas, , large click and hold to zoom
Anikka African Woman Canvas, Anikka African Woman Canvas, , large click and hold to zoom
Anikka African Woman Canvas, Anikka African Woman Canvas, , large click and hold to zoom
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Anikka African Woman Canvas


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A compelling celebration of Black culture and beauty! Created by artist Sharon L. Bjyrd, winner of the 2021 UMOJA Impact Award. Canvas print; solid wood frame. 23 1/2" l x 31 1/2" h.

Sharon J. Bjyrd's Anikka African Woman Canvas was originally entitled, Untitled. Brown #5. "This painting is fifth in a series entitled, Brown, that I’m working on. All of the pieces are monochromatic with different shades of our brown skin tone and feature a colorful head wrap representing our continued ties to African culture. The Brown series illuminates the pearls and gems that can be found in the Black community when one takes a moment to connect individually and not see all BIPOC people as a mass of Brown. The series features a monochromatic background and skin tone and a vibrant pop of color with African print." -Sharon J. Bjyrd

We first met Sharon when she entered and won our 2021 UMOJA Impact Award from our Onward & Upward Artist Showcase. Best known for her vibrant portraits celebrating the beauty and diversity of the Black experience, Sharon is largely self taught with just a few classes taken along the way. Her medium of choice is acrylic paint (though she has been known to also dabble in mixed media).

Sharon’s work has been featured in the book, “Let’s Talk About It: The Art, The Artists and The Racial Justice Movement on Madison’s State Street” 2021; as a mural at The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art during the George Floyd riots 2020; at the “Bohemian Black” solo exhibit, Roberta Gallery, UW-Whitewater 2020; as an emerging artist at MMOCA ‘s Art Fair on the Square 2019...also at “Flowers in the Garden Exhibit,” The South Side Community Art Center 2019 in Chicago; the Hatch Art House in Madison, WI; and the Silver Room Block Party 100 Canvas Event in Chicago. She is currently one of four artists in the BridgeWork Art Accelerator Program at Art Lit Lab in Madison.

We are deeply honored to bring her work to you today.

BIOGRAPHY Sharon was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She went to school for social work and Afro American studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison which led her to work in the domestic violence field where she served women through organizations like the YWCA of Madison and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It was only after a slowdown due to lupus and sickle cell disease that Sharon rediscovered her passion for art.

“I seek to honor the individuality of people of color and to depict the different ways we go about expressing our Blackness.” -Sharon J. Bjyrd
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