Paintings by Joe Sam seen at Tenderloin Recreation Center, San Francisco - Folks in the Hood

Folks in the Hood

Joe Sam's “Folks in the Hood" (1995) are colorful and brightly painted steel figures depicting various kinds of recreational activities occurring at the facility, and are installed on the exterior facade of the Tenderloin Recreation Center on Ellis Street in San Francisco.

Meet the Creator

JoeSam. is a mixed media painter and sculptor. The content of his work is often social and political commentary. His style is characterized by the juxtaposition of diverse, independent, often quite simple elements and his use of bright colors, reflective of his African American heritage.

Joe was born in Harlem during an important time in its history after the Harlem Renaissance and before WW II. He holds degrees from Howard, Columbia and UMass Amherst. He went to San Francisco in the late 70's, and began his art career full-time in the early 1980's with the Black Cowboy series and an NEA grant.
Since then, JoeSam. has achieved national and international recognition. Among his accomplishments, he has illustrated several children's books, won awards in the bilingual markets for The Invisible Hunters and his public art sculptures have been installed all over the country with many important works located in California. JoeSam.’s limited edition Art-Pins, all replicas of his public sculptures, were issued for each commissioned work and sold in museum stores nationwide. His work is sought by collectors all over the world as African American art is highly valued internationally.”

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