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Walter Williams (1920-1998)

Walter Williams (1920-1998)

According to Rene Hanks in The Other Side of Color, Walter Williams did not start creating art until he was 30 years old, when he used his veterans benefits to enroll in art classes at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. There he studied under Ben Shahn, Reuben Tam and Gregorio Prestopino. In 1962 he moved...

John Riddle (1933-2002)

John Riddle (1933-2002)

According to Lizetta LeFalle-Collins in the St. James Guide to Black Artists, John Riddle’s early artwork reflected, in style and subject matter, the influence of Paul Gaugin. But when Watts erupted in 1965 he turned his attention to the struggles of persons of African descent. His work became highly political and described the harsh conditions...

Phoebe Beasley (b. 1943)

Phoebe Beasley (b. 1943)

In her book, Art: African American Samella Lewis said Phoebe Beasley “incorporates paint, tissue paper, cloth, and a variety of found objects to create compositions that express experiences in the lives of her special people-people of ordinary means whose daily activities often go unnoticed.” Lewis also used one of Beasley’s collages on the cover of that book. In 1998...