Samella Lewis says John Biggers searches for his African heritage through his art. He typically uses everyday objects, such as an anvil or washboard, as meaningful symbols of the connection between the earth and humankind.
Jeanne Zeidler also points out that from the beginning of his career, John Biggers’s inspiration for his artwork has come from southern African American culture and its roots in Africa. She says that after his trip to study art and culture in Africa in 1957, his work incorporated more African themes and symbols.
Biggers’s work is in many prestigious public and private collections including the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas; Hampton University Museum, Hampton Virginia; Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas.