The Hudson River Museum shows Winfred Rembert ~ "Amazing Grace Images on Leather"

artwork: Winfred Rembert - "Amazing Grace" (2008) -  “Amazing Grace is one of the songs I remember that was sung in the fields,” Rembert said. “I just loved to listen to the singing. … I still sing those songs today when I’m working.” - Courtesy of the artist.

YONKERS, NY.- The work of Winfred Rembert , a self-taught artist, who documents his life and the tumultuous moments of the American Civil Rights Movement, is on view at the Hudson River Museum , Yonkers, through May 5, 2012. In more than 50 works on hand-tooled leather ─ stretched, stained, and etched ─ Rembert constructs scenes from the rural Southern town where he was born and raised, and peoples it with characters working the fields, joyous at church meetings, and enjoying its pool hall, jazz club, and café. His images are alive with figures and color, and dense with pattern. Some, more somber, convey the strife and grief of his own experiences of a near lynching and prison life.