The Three Wisemen, 2022 by Carl Karni-Bain (Bai) is a contemporary mixed-media fabric work. The piece with 3 wisemen, portraits on watercolor paper, are embellished with pastel and charcoal, acrylic paint, and layers of painted fabric. The piece is installed in a clear plexi shadow box. The 46″ x 42″ work is mounted on archival board and installed in a clear acrylic box frame: 48″ x 44” | depth: 2”
Ships framed. Provenance: studio of Bai
In the artist’s words:
“I have been painting faces and figures throughout my career as they are part of an ongoing journey of which neither I nor the viewer will ever tire. The foundation for my portraits comes from the African Mask. As a child, I remember the visual impact it had on me and remains strong in my retained memory to this day. The mask forces a response from the viewer, whether a primitive or contemporary response.” ~Carl Karni-Bain (BAI)
For three decades BAI (Carl Karni-Bain) 1959 – has exhibited regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, North Carolina, and New York City. As an artist in over two dozen international art fairs since 2003, BAI has garnered an audience worldwide. In 2013 Thelma Golden, Director of The Studio Museum of Harlem selected BAI as one of the top 10 artists working in Harlem, New York City. He was also selected as one of the top 50 artists living in Manhattan.
In 2022 BAI’s work was selected and sold at a Christie’s auction 100 Years of Harlem: Resonating Around The World.
BAI’s work is in private and public collections, including the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, The Harrison Museum of African American Culture, Roanoke, VA, among others.
Carl Karni-Bain’s work has been included in numerous international art fairs including Miami, London, New York City, Hong Kong, and San Diego.