The Art of Richard Mayhew Published in conjunction with the Museum of the African Diaspora's retrospective, The Art of Richard Mayhew chronicles the life s work of this important American painter. Four critical essays discuss his beginnings as a painter, his early body of work in New York during the height of Abstract Expressionism, his activist role in a community of African American artists, and the spiritual and philosophical inspiration for his signature moodscape paintings. Art historian and scholar Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins introduces the volume with reflections on Mayhew s life gleaned from interviews with the artist conducted over the course of several years. The exhibition s curator, Bridget R. Cooks, chronicles the development and flowering of Mayhew s artistic style through the vicissitudes of his impressive 50-year career. Artist and educator Nashormeh Lindo tells of her very personal appreciation of the activist role Mayhew took within the art and academic worlds to promote visibility and historical understanding of African American artists. Art advisor and author Halima Taha discusses Mayhew s creative consciousness, a term the painter uses to describe the spiritual source of creation for his artwork. This catalogue, the first major career retrospective Mayhew has received, offers information and images that have never before been publicly available, plus an extensive career chronology and a bibliography. It is an invaluable resource both for admirers of Mayhew s work and those who are discovering his work for the first time. 36 color plates, 9 black and white illustrations.