Beverly Jean McIver is active/lives in Arizona, Massachusetts, North Carolina. Beverly McIver is known for expressionistic portraits.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Beverly Jean McIver, an artist and teacher, known for her
expressionist, often sexually explicit portrait paintings, grew up in
Greensboro, North Carolina where, as an African-American, she was bused
to the more affluent schools of white students.
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She studied psychology at North Carolina Central University but by the
third year, changed to being an art major. She also began
dressing herself up in clown-face make up, and doing self
portraits. During the 1990s and early 2000s, she portrayed
herself as either black or white faced characters while exploring
issues of sexuality and racial identity. She says that her goal
is to reclaim her own identities and prepares for her paintings by
dressing up, taking the photo of herself, and then doing the painting
from the photo.
In 1996, she moved to Tempe, Arizona where he became a professor at
Arizona State University. In 2003, she was awarded a fellowship
at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
In 2006, McIver moved with her sister to Newton, Massachusetts, and
also took some time off from teaching to focus more on her painting.
Paula Wasley, "Behind the Makeup", ARTnews, November 2006, pp. 106
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