Shango's Helper

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Created by
Coleman, Floyd, American, 1939 - 2018
acrylic paint on canvas
H x W: 52 × 64 × 1 1/4 in. (132.1 × 162.6 × 3.2 cm)
acrylic paintings
This is an acrylic painting that depicts an abstract interpretation of a female figure. Done against a black background the shape is located primarily in the bottom left quadrant and partial top left quadrant of the painting. The bottom left features a wide swath of orange, topped with several textured shapes in shades of yellow, light brown, and grey. Shapes are clearly delineated by borders done in darker shades or alternate colors. Some shapes are patterned with narrow stripes and brush strokes. Above the figure is a grey rectangle outlined in green. Within the rectangle is a darker grey shape roughly resembling the head of an axe. There is a green horizontal line in the bottom right quadrant of the painting.
African American
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kera and Bennie F. Johnson
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© 1972 Floyd Coleman
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On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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