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Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

Jacob Lawrence is one of the most widely acclaimed artists in the United States.  Early in his career he gained acceptance from the mainstream art world and has sustained it ever since.  On the other hand, blocked from attending most art schools due to his race, he was trained as an artist in the black...

Charles White (1918-1979)

Charles White (1918-1979)

Charles White is considered one of the finest artists in the American canon. He possessed great technical skill and talent as well as the ability to infuse his work with spirituality and purpose.  Eschewing the prevailing art styles and trends, he chose instead to focus on the lives and struggles of African Americans. “In his search...

Keinyo White (b. 1970)

Keinyo White (b. 1970)

When asked if he has an artist’s statement, Keinyo White replied: “I don’t have one. I spent a lot of time in my 20s trying to live up to some sort of grand artistic vision and it only ended up impeding my painting. So now I just paint what I feel like painting without regard...

William Pajaud (1925-2015)

William Pajaud (1925-2015)

William Pajaud says, “both my ethnic and cultural backgrounds serve as root sources for my work.” His aim, he says further, is to honestly portray human efforts to cope with the cycles of life and death. Paul Von Blum also points out that Pajaud’s childhood in the deep south informs his work. Part of that...

Charles Searles (1937-2006)

Charles Searles (1937-2006)

Charles Searles earned a BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and started his artistic career as a painter. In 1972, his senior year at the Academy, and after the tragic and painful loss of his daughter, he won a fellowship and traveled to Ghana, Nigeria and Morrocco. This trip marked a turning point....

Archibald J. Motley, Jr. (1891-1981)

Archibald J. Motley, Jr. (1891-1981)

“Archibald J. Motley, Jr. was one of a very few artists to study art at an academy when he enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago-one of the first art schools in the United States to admit African American art students without overt racial segregation-in 1914,” said David Driskell in the introduction...

Palmer Hayden (1890-1973)

Palmer Hayden (1890-1973)

Palmer Hayden is one of the most influential artists of the Harlem Renaissance. He is best known for his depictions of African American folk life and for his paintings of marine scenes. However, some of his most compelling work also includes scenes reflecting his personal experiences as a soldier in the U. S. Army. Born...

George Evans (b. 1948)

George Evans (b. 1948)

George Evans is equally proficient in both abstract and figurative art. He also explores various themes and schools of art using a variety of media, including oil, pastels, photography, digital techniques, and watercolor. In fact, he has been concentrating on digitial techniques and watercolor for the last several years. His mentor for watercolor was William...

Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)

Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)

Gabriel Tenabe describes Beauford Delaney as one of the early African American abstract expressionist painters whose work was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and the Fauvists. These paintings are characterized by thickly applied paint in brilliant colors. In the beginning, he concentrated mostly on portraits of friends as well as homeless perosns roaming the streets of New...

Grafton Tyler Brown (1841-1918)

Grafton Tyler Brown (1841-1918)

“The earliest known African American artist on the West Coast of the United States was Grafton Tyler Brown,” said Harry Henderson and Romare Bearden in their book, A History of African American Artists: From 1792 to the Present. They indicate that while Brown was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1841, he and his family (who were...

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