Celebrating Seven Years: Selah – Soul Of The Brush Artwork Inducted Into The Smithsonian’s National Museum Of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

September 14 08:55 2023
In this Golden 50 years of celebrating HipHop, this press release is issued to commemorate the acclaimed artist Norman Dexter, artistically known as Selah – Soul Of The Brush Marks Anniversary Of His Artwork’s Smithsonian Honors.

Norman Dexter, South Georgia born, widely known in the art world as Selah – Soul Of The Brush, is celebrating the induction of one of his exceptional art pieces into the prestigious Smithsonian collection.  The artwork titled “Remembering Ummah” was officially included in the Smithsonian (NMAAHC) in September 2016.  Selah – Soul of the Brush Artwork https://nmaahc.si.edu/object/nmaahc_2015.265

Selah’s journey in the world of art began at the age of eight when he discovered his passion while watching his cousin, who was also eight-years-old, draw in an alley in Cordele, Georgia. Since then, his dedication to the arts has taken him on countless journeys, spanning across various cities and countries worldwide, including Georgia, Detroit, New York, and Washington D.C., all the way to Japan, to name a few.

Selah is renowned for his diverse artistic portfolio, which encompasses murals, sculptures, live paintings, and more. His artistic creations have found homes in galleries and collections around the globe, leaving an indelible mark on the art scene.

One of the most remarkable achievements in Selah’s career is the induction of his artwork into the Smithsonian collection. The painting inducted is a portrait of the renowned composer and musician James “Dewitt” Yancey, known artistically as J Dilla.  Yancy had a prolific career marked by a series of singles and remix projects. He worked with various artists, including; Something for the People, Brand New Heavies, renowned hip-hop acts like Busta Rhymes, Janet Jackson, De La Soul, The Pharcyde, Crustation, A Tribe Called Quest, and Q-Tip’s solo album, among others.  Many of his productions were released without his individual credit, instead attributed to the Ummah, a production collective comprising himself, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip, and later Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Toni! Toné!. Nevertheless, he received songwriting credit for all of his non-remix productions within the Ummah. His work serves as a lasting testament to his artistic prowess.

For detailed information on the artwork, you can visit the Smithsonian’s official website.

In addition to his remarkable artistic achievements, Selah is also known for his custom-built furniture pieces, each one a testament to his unique design sensibilities and craftsmanship.

As we celebrate this significant milestone, Selah extends his heartfelt gratitude to his supporters, art enthusiasts, and the institutions that have recognized his contributions to the world of art.  This press release not only commemorates the anniversary but also serves as a reminder that Selah continues to make an indelible mark in the world of art.

About Selah

Selah is an accomplished artist known for his diverse and captivating artworks, including murals, sculptures, live paintings, and custom-built furniture pieces. With a passion for the arts that ignited at the age of eight, Selah’s journey has led him to showcase his talents in cities across world.  He has been featured on syndicated television networks such as BET’s RapCITY, CentricTV, VH1 and STARZ and earned a coveted place in the Smithsonian collection.  His work continues to inspire and redefine the boundaries of contemporary art. For more information, visit www.soulofthebrushptah.com.

About the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Founded in 1846, it includes 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and numerous research facilities. The Smithsonian’s mission is to increase and diffuse knowledge and is dedicated to preserving, collecting, and showcasing the nation’s cultural heritage. For more information, visit https://www.si.edu.

Join us in celebrating the seven-year anniversary of this remarkable artistic achievement and stay tuned for more from Selah as he continues to inspire and captivate with his exceptional creations.

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Website: www.soulofthebrushptah.com