plural noun: Maroons
When runaway enslaved people banded together (at times with Amerindians and “Free Blacks”) and subsisted independently, they were called Maroons. Maroon communities emerged in many places and played an important role in the histories of Brazil, Suriname, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Cuba; but none were seen as great a threat to their oppressors as the Jamaican Maroons were to the British.
*A SERIES OF 125 LARGE FORMAT PAINTINGS
“The way Ainsley uses paint is brave and matches his subject matter. Ainsley’s technique requires that he uses his whole body when creating work, so his strokes are grand and full of fevered movement. His use of color is bold and unapologetic, and the placement of the color and his color choices are intuitive; it’s almost like the work is telling him exactly what it needs. This series is yelling to the viewer to pay attention, to see more.”
— Naudline Pierre, The Studio Museum in Harlem 2019-20 Artist in Residence