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Demarcus McGaughey

Amateur Night

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Mixed Media, Acrylic on Canvas

36” W x 48” H

About the Work

Inspired by my Harlem Series and created during my residency on Governors Island, this is a depiction of a Southern songstress inspired by Billie Holiday to migrate to Harlem for an opportunity to sing in the Apollo. The Harlem series was created to pay homage to celebrating 100 Years of the Harlem Renaissance. The series incorporates vintage images of NYC culture while creating modern depictions of African Americans who migrated to Harlem from other parts of the world.

About the Artist

Demarcus McGaughey, a Texas native and New York-based mixed media artist, passionately captures the beauty, strength, and vibrancy of people of color. McGaughey specializes in a style that combines painting, photography, mixed media, and graphic design. This combination of artistic elements stems from his background in advertising and graphic design while paying homage to cultural influences of pop art, black history and street culture. McGaughey has had several solo and group shows in New York and across the country, as well as artist residencies in New York and internationally.