Auudi Dorsey’s paintings often reflect the artist’s own emotions from the past and present. Whether good or bad, Dorsey is not afraid to express the reality of his life and broader experiences as a Black man. These paintings represent all of the ‘Black kids from the hood,’ including those who have gotten out, as well as those who have not.
Many of his works are also notable for their cultural influences, particularly representations of life in New Orleans and the American South. Dorsey’s paintings attempt to reveal the hidden stories that often go untold, depicting those living outside the ‘visible’ part of New Orleans. As a result, his subjects often reflect themes of poverty, joy, pain, and the celebration of Black life in his home city.