THE MAIN CHARACTER in the Netflix film “Really love” is an artist who makes heavily impasto portraits, honest scenes of everyday life. Kofi Siriboe from “Queen Sugar” plays the role of Isaiah in the love story. The paintings attributed to his character in the film were actually created by the artist Gerald Lovell.
Chicago-born Lovell, based in Atlanta, is largely self-taught. As an avid photographer, Lovell is inspired by the images in his grandmother’s extensive photo albums. The artist’s first solo exhibition in New York City was presented at the PPOW Gallery earlier this year. “Gerald Lovell: All I Have” showed nine paintings that were created in 2020.
Paintings by Chicago-born and Atlanta-based artist Gerald Lovell are featured in the film Really Love. | Video from StayMACRO
“Really Love” is about an aspiring artist struggling to find his voice and assert himself in the art world, while also cultivating an aspiring relationship with a law student named Stevie (Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing).
The cast also includes Michael Ealy, Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment” and “Orange is the New Black”), Tristan Mack Wilds (“90210” and “The Wire”), Blair Underwood and Suzzanne Douglas (1957-2021).
The Washington DC-based project was filmed primarily in Baltimore. Key scenes were filmed at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Baltimore School for the Arts.
The film is directed by Angel Kristi Williams and written by Felicia Pride. Both are from Baltimore. Williams spoke with Baltimore magazine about the project and how she got Lovell to participate. She said:
“I sent him a cold email that just said, ‘Hey, I’m making a movie about an artist trying to get his first show while he’s falling in love,’ and he read it and sent it within a day email me back and he said ‘oh my god this is my life!’ Three years later he had his first major gallery exhibition. I was very fortunate to have met him then and was able to bring his work into the film. ”
Thirteen works by Lovell from 2016 to 2018 can be seen in “Really Love”. Works by artists Noah Davis (1983-2015), Ronald Jackson, Meleko Mokgosi, Kohshin Finley, Andy Robert, John Simmons, Chanel Compton, Asha Elana Casey, Jerrell Gibbs, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Chinedu Felix and Osuchukwu also appear in the film . CT
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