About the Artist

 
 

Making art is the clearest way I know to communicate.  My work is inspired by human forms, elements (earth, air, water, fire), nature, sweeping landscapes, jazz, comic books, my children, my dreams, fears, frustrations, spirituality, and the Hue-man experience.  It is my belief that all things are connected and I cannot separate them in my mind, my spirit, or in my art. 

I begin my work by journaling.  Through my uncensored thoughts, I take note of themes and recurring concepts.  From there, I begin to collect references that help me to visually piece it all together, sort of like making a story board in film.  I carry my sketchbook and ink pen with me everywhere.  Once I am ready to create, on canvas I begin with the foundation, beginning with the big picture and moving onto the details.  I paint only with my hands, using a technique I have termed as “Ahfingah”. The brush, to me, is a foreign object that separates me from the art.  When I use my fingers, I am reminded that the original people of the earth used their fingers to paint and tell their stories to the world.  I feel directly connected to the universe through my art.

My work is organized into themes and series.  When the work is going well, I am filled with a sense of responsibility to bring the piece into fruition. I know a work is complete when I can envision a series based on the piece.  It is my hope that the work inspires a sense of community, conversation, and a charge to heal the self and heal the earth.


AhFingah


My technique is an exploration of painting with "fingers". A


technique I call Ahfingah. Ahfingah is meditative, controlled


breathing, concentrated circular motion of the fingers while using


paint to define light and dark shapes with colors that vibrate.



Through Art We Learn.

Through Art I Build.

 

Artist Statement

NAME: Baruti Harith Tucker

location  Augusta, Georgia

PREFERRED MEDIUM  Oil Pastels w/ Fingers

MY TECHNIQUE: AH’FINGAH

Who Am I?


I am a native Staten Island, New Yorker


and have been in the artistic arena since age


12 when I began drawing comic book


characters with a childhood friend. I later


moved from New York to Panama City


Florida where upon graduating from high


school I enrolled into Haney Institute to


study art illustration and upon graduation


worked for L & H Greeting Cards doing


illustration. I later returned to NYC to


attend Fashion Institute of Technology


(FIT). It was at that time that I began to see


my talents as a means of sharing GOD's gift


with others.


Currently I teach visual arts throughout the


community at C.H. Terrell Academy,  Jessye


Norman and privately through my business


Humanitree House.


School of the Arts, all in Augusta, Georgia.


Affectionately called Brother B by many


of my colleagues, students, friends and


family, I not only have a passion for art;


I am also committed to working with the


youth. I am the the founder of 


S.T.R.O.N.G. Roots, a mentoring program


that captures the minds and spirit of young


men in the community. I reside in Augusta,


Georgia with my wife Denise and am the


Father of three beautiful children, Tahirah,


Song and Sol.