This is really HISTORY and not one of "his STORY"...
Artist Mile Šeća (a.k.a. Rudy Franklin) December 2005, in Xiamen City (China)
working on "BLACK SHIP"
This is really HISTORY and not one of "his STORY"...
Mile Šeća began his collection of veneer artwork titled “Dark Road From Africa to White House” during 1988 in Harlem. This art project was hindered by a stroke in 1996 with a slow recovery around 2001. In 2005 Mile Šeća traveled to China where he married Chinese artist SeaHawk Wang- Radojčić. In 2006, after twenty-two years, Mile has completed his project depicting African-American struggles and dreams in America. Following completion, “Dark Road From Africa to White House” was exhibited twice during 2007 in China. From June 27 to July 03 in Dong Shan City ("Chinese Hawaii"), and from November 07 to November 14 at Song Zhuang-Beijing November Art Festival.
Having returned to the states, after almost 3 years in China, Mile Šeća now lives, again, in Harlem (New York City). He has devoted all his time to promote his late wife, SeaHawk Wang-Radojcic (1968 - 2015) paintings.
Medium: VENEER (not paint) are tin sheets of wood that is shredded from different trees and then cured. Artist has to cut veneer into smaller pieces with unique shapes, choosing wood grains and natural color (some dyed) of wood and then install them together into a picture. Very tedious, but rewarding art works.
"DARK ROAD FROM AFRICA TO WHITE HOUSE" are on permanent display at Presidential Gallery (Our Children's Foundation) in HARLEM. Scroll to review pictures and really story about African-American life in USA.
In order to create pictures, artist first wrote the text and then from his text he created pictures.
AFRICAN QUEEN: She enjoyed freedom on the Great Plans in Africa.
Title: African Queen Size: 10" x 10" Price: $4,500
AFRICAN VILLAGE: Much like other parts of the world, young women in African villages learned to prepare food for the village by working with their elders.
Title: African Village Size: 10" x 10" Price: $4,500
CROCODILE HUNTERS: Just living in wild Africa was adventure in itself, but hunting crocodile
with just primitive hand tools was above human bravery.
Title: Crocodile Hunters Size: 10" x 13" Price: $4,500
SLAVE HUNTERS: The white slave hunter were often welcomed by greedy tribe leaders; they worked together to plunder neighboring villages. However, the slave hunter would often take their “allies” into captivity after getting what they wanted.
Title: Slave Hunters Size: 10" x 10" Price: $4,500
BLACK SHIP: Africans are forced onto “Black Ships,” a term given to slave traders vessels, and Africans were shipped to the New World under inhumane conditions.
Title: Black Ship Size: 10" x 10" Price: $4,500
SLAVE MARKET: After arriving in the United States, slaves were sold at slave markets. Families were
often split up and never saw one another again.
Title: Slave Market Size: 10" x 13" Price: $4,500
TOBACCO PLANTATION: Southern State's mild climate produced other "exotic" agricultural crops, such as tobacco. As demand for this cash crop began to rise, tobacco plantation owners, with free land and slave labor, became richer and more powerful.
Title: Tobacco Plantation Size: 10" x 13" Price: $4,500
SUGARCANE PLANTATION: At sugar cane plantation, slave work was hard. "Oh my God, so bitter to make - Oh my God, so sweet to eat."
Title: Sugarcane Plantation Size: 10" x 13" Price: $4,500
Title: "MASSACHUSETTS 54TH BLACK REGIMENT" Industrialization in Northern State was in constant need of labor. They understood that black slaves would sabotage machines and stop production. Beside of humanity, industrialization was also one of the reasons for freeing the black people.
The agricultural Southern State, where slave were forced into manual farming, was against giving any freedom to theirs black slaves. The disagreement escalated into the Civil War, where blacks could not serve as soldiers except in the state of Massachusetts, which organized the Massachusetts 54th Black Regiment. However, this was led by white officers.
Title: The Massachusetts 54th Black Regiment" Size: 10" x 10" Price: $4,500
Title: I HAVE A DREAM: ...I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." I have a dream...
Title: "I Have A Dream..." Size: 10" x 10" Price: $4,500
Title: CIVIL RIGHT: After the bloody war between South and North, the "chains" were removed from the bodies of the black, but their Civil Rights were totally neglected and controlled by white establishments.
They had no voting rights, they could not eat in "only for white" restaurants or sleep in hotels meant for white Americans. They had to sit at the back of the bus; they could not attend the same schools and colleges together with white students, and they were only hired for the worst jobs while being paid as much as ten times less than whites for the same work.
Title: Civil Right Size: 10" x 10" Price: $4,500
Title: "44th PRESIDENT" 1987 in Harlem when, I started with "Dark Road To White House", back then I dreamed "and when the 12th picture is completed, America will choose a president of African-American origin." In December of 2006 I finally finished the 12th picture (in Xiamen City - China). George W. Bush was still president of the U.S.A.
Title: African American President of USA Size: 10" x 13" Price: $4,500
At Dong Shan exhibition, Mile Šeca and famous Chinese artist, Yan Feng in front of
Mile Šeća's"Dark Road to White House"
At Dong Shan exhibition, SeaHawk explain to newspaper reporter about "Dark Road to White House" and Afro-American struggle for freedom.
Mile Šeca explaining to visitors about different kind of slavery, oppression and human rights at November Art Festival 2007 in Song Zhunag Art Village (Beijing) a biggest art colony in China. "Dark Road to White House" was very popular at 2007 Beijing November art Festival.
At Beijing November Art Festival Mile Šeca discussing about his first exhibition in China (Dong Shan)...
Picture depicting African American struggle from Africa to White House is permanently displayed at Presidential Gallery at Our Children's Foundation in HARLEM (NYC)
November Art Festival in Beijing had published Mile Šeća's art work "Dark Road to White House" on the right and on the left is his wife, SeaHawk's oil painting on linen "I Love New York" www.SeahawkArtMuseum.com
Return to TOP