Gay Black Artist and Author – Willie Little
Willie Little is self-described as a gay, Black, interdisciplinary visual artist and author. He engages audiences with depictions and narratives of his life, growing up in a ramshackle, asbestos-shingled shotgun shack, adjacent to his father’s juke joint, on his family’s tobacco farm in rural North Carolina. His stories range from hilarious to heart wrenching, as he shares a complex, convoluted, challenging, yet loving childhood. Best known for his visual documentation, a tableau consisting of a ¾ scale depiction of his father’s grocery store by day/ illegal liquor house at night, Willie’s first critically acclaimed national touring exhibit, Juke Joint, has been juried into the permanent collection of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Now, Little tears back the scabs and dares to invite us into the wonderment, torment, transfiguration, and celebration of being a sensitive, gay Black male child from the rural south. His exquisite, endearing installation In My Own Little Corner (with audio accompaniment) is source material from his personal life, yet speaks to universal themes of love, pain, shame, abandonment; secrets, gender identity, self-worth, acceptance and ultimately dreams fulfilled.
Willie’s work has been featured in galleries and museums around the world. Check here to review some of his most powerful work and shows so far.
Click the exhibitions link below to read more about these exhibits and what others are saying about them.
For the last twenty years, Willie Little has worked as a visual artist and storyteller. In the Sticks is the story of how he grew up, who he grew up with, what he experienced in the first years of integrated schools, and who he became.
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Willie continues to deliver work relevant to the time. From sculpture to paintings to recycled memorabilia, his work continues to challenge us on issues of racial injustice and societal decay.
Click the Available Work link below to see the array of work that Willie produces.
Keep up to date on shows, talks and book signings featuring Willie Little
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For a brief video of the recent solo exhibition at the Russo Lee Gallery, click the image to the right ->
Willie Little is a Black interdisciplinary and author. His visual narratives document a fading part of rural southern life. His narratives tackle topics of racism, and Black Lives Matter, social justice, and the childhood memories of growing up on a tobacco farm in Eastern North Carolina.