Della Wells

Eyes Sees America, 1995
22 x 30.25 in
SKU: DB1888d
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"Eyes Sees America" is an original pastel drawing by Della Wells. The artist signed and dated the piece in the lower right. This work depicts a black woman in a blue dress sitting next to a large watermelon, a stereotype of African Americans. A church is pictured behind the watermelon and above it there is a large all seeing eye (which represents God) that sees the racism of America. There is also a play on "Eye" and "I," which indicates that Wells also sees what is happening in America. In front of the watermelon, next to the woman's knee is an American flag, representing America's false promises to blacks. On the picture's left, a black figure hangs from a cross, apparently lynched by the Ku Klux Klansman in the foreground. 

Artwork Size: 22"x30 1/4"
Frame Size: 31"x39"

About The Artist:

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 creates a magical land called “Mambo” populated and ruled primarily by black women. Like Blackmon, Sparrow, and Gee, Wells is also self-taught 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 was purchased by the Smithsonian. Her collages are sold at the National Museum of African American History and culture.