Charles Searles studied art in his hometown of Philadelphia. The mural Celebration was commissioned by the federal government’s Art-in-Architecture program for the William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building in Philadelphia.
Paintings by African Americans from the collection of the National Museum of American Art: A Book of Postcards (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art in cooperation with Pomegranate Artbooks, 1991)
In Celebration [SAAM, 1977. 47.31] Charles Searles evokes joy. His interest in color, pattern, mask forms, and dance movement derives from his studies in Ghana, Nigeria, and Morocco. In his rhythmic lines and colors, you might deduce (correctly!) that Searles has played percussion instruments for many years.
Tiffany Farrell “Happy Kwanzaa,” 1001 Days and Nights of American Art Web site, entry for December 26, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2002).