In this episode, Eric sits down with renowned artist and longtime friend Phoebe Beasley, for an intimate conversation about her art and what drives her to create. They discuss her journey… from an aspiring young artist to gaining recognition as a celebrated American artist.
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About the Artist
Phoebe Beasley (born June 3, 1943) in Cleveland, Ohio is the only artist whose art has been awarded the Presidential Seal under two different U.S. Presidents – George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Beasley was the first African-American woman to become president of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She was the official artist of the 1987 and 2000 Los Angeles Marathons.
Specializing in oils-on-canvas, as well as prints and collages; Beasley’s collage artwork was part of two major touring museum exhibitions, including a 2003 group show mounted by the Smithsonian Institution entitled In the Spirit of Martin, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a museum show entitled Portraying Lincoln: Man of Many Faces in 2008. Beasley’s works are also featured in the homes of Oprah Winfrey, Anita Baker, Dr. William Burke and Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Dr. Maya Angelou, LaTanya Richardson and Samuel L. Jackson, Tavis Smiley, Byron Allen, Grant Hill, Marla Gibbs, Roger Penske and Tyler Perry. www.phoebebeasley.com