He-ART-felt artistic expressions via paintings and photography.
For more than 20 years, freedom clay has worked in the human services field with special emphasis in social work and public health. His focus has been in family development research, family program development and coordination, adult and child mental health services and HIV–focusing on education, research, consumer service coordination, project management, counseling, and testing. He has worked in diverse environments including nonprofit organizations, the private sector, university settings (NCCU and UNC), and in state and county government.
freedom clay holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a concentration in health education from UNC-Greensboro and a Master of Science Degree in Adult Education (Educational Development, Leadership and Policy) from N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University.
His body of work continues to celebrate the multi-dimensional facets and the plight of Black people in America by celebrating and affirming their beauty and humanity. This is largely done by creating paintings in response to what’s going on personally, socially and politically and how these contexts inform how individuals are perceived and treated in broader society. Vivid colors and freedom clay’s ability to capture and provoke emotion in his faceless paintings have become unique characteristics to his aesthetic. As a proud, humble and evolving He-ARTtist from the south, it is his earnest hope that his work continues to make people happy who see themselves or others they know in his creations, inspire life-affirming and critical conversations, while addressing, responding or reacting to disparate sociopolitical issues involving race, class, gender, stigma and sexuality.
In freedom clay’s free time, he enjoys an array of activities including painting, photography, culinary arts, traveling, cultural events and spending quality time with family and friends. He is also the brainchild behind “Artsy People of Color”, an intentional and collective movement to showcase local artistic talent of color in the “Bull City” and surrounding areas. “Artsy People of Color” are socially conscious artists endeavoring to enlighten, showcase, inspire, support and celebrate cooperatively various forms of artistic expressions.
freedom clay’s creations and photography have been on exhibit at The Carrack Modern Art Gallery,Blue Coffee Cafe, The Peoples’ Channel at Golden Belt, Hairizon and The Artistically Irrational Exhibition Series 2014 at The Center for Advanced Hindsight. He also has two creations, “King Ta Ta” & “We Are ALL the FACE of HIV/AIDS”, available in prints on the global artists’ website, “Creation Action Network”.