Artists in Black History: Sam Gilliam

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Sam Gilliam (b. 1933 – ) is one of the most important artists to know in the genres of Color Field painting and Abstract Expressionism. Associated with the Washington Color School, one of his biggest contributions was being the first … Continue reading

Black Artists in History: Jacob Lawrence

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Jacob Lawrence (b. 1917 – 2000), one of the most famous African American artists to emerge in history, was a painter that was known for his paintings inspired by the city of Harlem and the black experience. He described his … Continue reading

Black Artists in History: Thomas Sills

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Thomas Sills (b. 1914 – 2000) is an abstract expressionist painter based in New York who grew into recognition from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Throughout his career he became friends with several other well-known abstract painters, such as Mark … Continue reading

Black Artists in History: Renee Stout

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The bio from her website: Renee Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. In 1985 she moved to Washington, D.C. and began to explore the roots of her African American heritage. She … Continue reading

Black Artists in History: Joshua Johnson

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Joshua Johnson (c. 1765 – 1830) is documented as being the first working black portrait artist during the early 19th century. Very little is known about his personal life outside of his paintings. What is known, is that he was a … Continue reading