Della Wells

Eve in Peace, 1997
Pastel on watercolor paper
30.25 x 22 in
SKU: 8770c
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"Eve in Peace" is an original pastel on watercolor paper from 1997 by Della Wells. It is signed on the lower right. This work depicts an image of Eve as a modern woman. She looks out directly at the viewer. She is marked by the apple with a cross on her forehead--the sign of original sin. She has a amulet marked with a cross around her wrist. Wells has said that woman is often seen as an Eve figure, blamed for everything. This Eve does not appear to bear condemnation; she is at peace.

Artwork Size: 30 1/4" x 22"
Frame Size: 39 3/8" x 31 1/8"

Artist Bio:

Born in 1951, Della Wells grew up in Milwaukee. As a child and young person, she did not want to become an artist but a storyteller; to this day she considers herself to be a “visual storyteller.” She sold her first work of art at age 13, but she did not begin working as an artist until she was 42. She has said, “I didn’t do anything for a long time, because I didn’t think I had anything to say. You can draw, you may know how to do things technically, but I think to be a true artist you have to have something to say. You have to have a vision.” Her creative process stems from her personal experiences and her works are often inspired by her troubled childhood. Known for her collages, drawings, dolls, paintings, and pastels, Wells has created a magical land called “Mambo” populated and ruled primarily by black women. Wells is a self-taught artist and her work has been successful in “outsider art” venues, including the Outsider Art exhibition in New York. Wells’ art is exhibited in more than 100 private and public collections. Her work has been purchased by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her collages are sold at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.