Al Hornsby with two drawings and an unfinished portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Local artist on display at a library near you
Established local artist, Al Hornsby continues to paint powerful images and portraits.
By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff WriterStrong, striking and dynamic are just some of the words Iâ€™d use to describe the artwork of Al Hornsby. No stranger to the Sentinel, Hornsby has been featured in the past. Hornsby is known for his re-imagining of Ronald Reagan as a Black man, a portrait that caused what he called a â€œresurgenceâ€ in race-reversal art.Today, he continues to paint powerful images of Black leaders and contemporary pieces. His artwork can currently be seen at the Washington Urban Library from April 17 until June. Hornsby work is also present at the Fairfax Public Library featuring 7 drawings and 1 black, opaque work.â€œI love aestheticsâ€¦being gravitated towards old master paintings when I was a kid and exposed to images, portrayals of religious, biblical scenes started my interest in wanting to become a painter.â€Painting since the age of 12, Hornsby likes to exploit the materials he works with in order to give his painting a strong depth. He uses light and dark elements within his works to give it a feeling of space. He tries to â€œcreate a sense of spiritâ€ within his paintings.As a professional astrologist, Hornsby incorporates aspects of numerology and stars into his artworks.â€œWhat I often do, in some of the paintings and portraitures, I put numerological; astrological charts of the actual individual inside the art of the picture.â€Hornsby is inclined to the esoteric and philosophical points in life and incorporates them into most of his art. He also paints genre and landscapes among other things. He also works with different materials such as gold. â€œI paint things that maybe somewhat ahead of its time or something I can best do through painting an image.â€Al Hornsby does original paintings, drawings and sculpture for home or office decorium. He receives requests from patrons and can be reached at (323) 481-5290 or at