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Cleaster Cotton - Fine Artist

Cleaster Cotton

Asheville, NC - United States








Cleaster Cotton

Asheville, NC - United States

Cleaster Cotton - Fine Artist

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Cleaster Cotton is an Nubian American Artist, Photographer, Educator, Author, and Master Teaching Artist. She was born into a large, close-knit family and lovingly raised by southern parents, in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Her approach to art-making is honest, unexpected and exciting, with a refreshing use of texture, line, color and tone. Cleaster’s ability to manipulate conventional and unconventional materials produces an eclectic, fascinating range of artistic renderings and various art forms. She works in several media.

“We are all artists at birth. Many of us are taught otherwise, when our creativity is stunted and not nurtured by our families and teachers. I love the powerful healing qualities of art and the way it embraces and joins people across the planet like global glue. Art nurtures children to grow into creative, productive, well-adjusted adults and grows adults into innocent children with uncharted imaginations.” ~ C. Cotton

Cleaster fosters arts, culture, academic excellence, self-expression, self-esteem to underserved children. She has been a certified teaching artist since 1998. In 2002, Cleaster Cotton invented ALNUGE [“al-new-gee”] (ALphabets NUmbers GEometrics,) ALNUGE, based on geometric shapes, is the 'modern day' hieroglyphics. ALNUGE is a system of codes used to improve literacy and communications via word games and puzzles. It is a STEM/STEAM-based curriculum that supports cognition, brain health, reasoning, and strengthens higher learning abilities. ALNUGE is a K-12+ core curriculum and arts activity that fosters creativity, academic excellence, innovation, and ingenuity. As inventor of ALNUGE, Cleaster was added to Purpose Publishing’s list of Major Inventors and Scientists and was featured on its collectible poster in 2012. Cleaster Cotton is a Master Teaching Artist, has served the Westchester Arts Council, Georgia Council of the Arts, Museum Design of Atlanta, High Museum of Arts, UNCA, Asheville City Schools Foundation, and many Boards of Education. She has taught thousands of children, facilitated professional development for hundreds of teachers, community professionals. Cleaster Cotton is a Cultural Conservationist who is loved and loving.


'Cleaster Cotton’s art allows others (patrons) to see within the discovery of God’s ancient world and brings it forth for us to enjoy and appreciate. Her still life is filled with a unique harmony of blending colors and shapes of various sizes which leaves you with a pleasing feeling that makes you want to see it again.' ~ Mae C. Linsey ~ MA Early Childhood Education, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2013)

'Just read the energized article in Planet Art Feb 2013 on the dynamic Cleaster Cotton Contemporary Primitive Artist. The excitement that just poured from the editorial was palpable as is the Artist Cleaster Cotton. Thank you for capturing her in your words by not holding back on the adjectives, fabulous smile, exuberant eyes, makes Picasso look like an amateur as well as the 8 feet tall masterpieces are where she really shines. And as you said, Can she get any more spectacular? Yes and I am looking forward to experiencing her creations. Cleaster’s work is so current yet sings of the sages from thousands of years ago and provides beauty and stimulus for the Spirit now!' ~ Margaret C Pazant ~ Elegant Executive Life Coach, Los Angeles, California USA (2013)

“Cleaster Cotton is the Leonarda of our times - her versatility is almost unfathomable. As a painter of contemporary primitive art, her exuberant colors and sly wit make you glad to be alive. Her black and white photographs have a majesty, power and precision that remind you of the Art Deco era. Cleaster Cotton is an American treasure. See her work and rejoice.” ~ Bobbie Kaplan, Award-winning Executive Creative Director, New York City, USA (2011)

“Asheville's Cleaster Cotton has a new gallery within the gallery of AnTHM Town Arts in downtown Black Mountain. This amazingly talented self-taught artist, I'd swear, was passed the baton of talent straight from the hand of Jean Dubuffet, founder of Art Brut, with her unique though similar painting style, use of color, rhythmic technique, powerful symbolism, and storytelling ability. From the Underground Railroad to her series of masked female images, Ms. Cotton's passion is contagious, compels you to take a closer look, to shed a tear, to learn more about plight, then moves you to celebrate--freedom, its many layers, and the vibrancy of choice!” ~ Cappi MacSherry, Owner ~ AnTHM Galleries of Black Mountain, Black Mountain, NC, USA (2012)

“Cleaster Cotton is a dynamic and visionary artist.” ~ Randy Shull & Hedy Fischer, Artists, Entrepreneurs, Activists, Owners ~ Pink Dog Creative, Asheville, North Carolina USA (2011)

“Cleaster Cotton's artwork is authentic, cultural, and thought-provoking. Cleaster is inspiring and is a role model to young artists, demonstrating to them that self-expression, through art, is a powerful key to freedom. She's dedicated, professional, and innovative in her approach to her work. Her use of materials (both conventional and unconventional) is refreshing and fascinating. I encourage Cleaster and look forward to the advancement and continued success of her career.” ~ Curtis E. James, President, CJ Studios, New York City, USA (2011)

“Contemporary Primitive; those are two words that make you think when you see them. I tell you they are the words that express the truly gifted and genius of Cleaster Cotton. She is fast becoming known in the art world and is a true Renaissance woman. She is multi-talented, able to do many things extremely well. Her work has movement, soul, emotion, intensity and drama!! It has history, ‘herstory’ and culture. It tells the story of our ancestors and they speak through her to tell us what we must do today to make ourselves whole again. Cleaster uses collage, mixed media and other forms of art to bring out her message. She is the female Romare Bearden!! I look at Bearden and the work he has done, the movement in his work, the feeling, the textures and collages. I see so many similarities between him and Cleaster, even the Harlem and North Carolina thing. Cleaster lived in Harlem also. We are all definitely from the same seed.' ~ Peggy Dodson, President and CEO, Urban Broadcasting Company, New York City, USA (2011)

'Cleaster has had a life-long love of the arts, and has proved time and again through her artwork just how creative she is. Her works are vibrant, striking, moving, and emotional. Her love for teaching the arts has motivated and inspired so many to express themselves through art. Cleaster is the quintessential professional!' ~ Nancy Witkowski Gerardo, Para Educator, Phoenix, Arizona (2014)

Cleaster Cotton
P.O. Box 7313
Asheville, NC 28802-7313

(828) 367-7708 ~ Phone ~ Artist’s Gallery Website ~ Website


COPYRIGHT NOTICE: © 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Cleaster Cotton. These images do not belong to the public domain. All images (paintings, photographs, and graphic designs) are registered. All rights are reserved and are the exclusive property of Cleaster Cotton. No images may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of Cleaster Cotton. The purchase of any original or print does not transfer reproduction rights.

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