Dial, Thornton – African-American Artist

Thornton Dial (American, 1928 to 2016)

Thornton Dial was a pioneering African-American artist who produced exuberant drawings and paintings and large scale assemblages and sculptures with oil paint and the found material he collected. The work by Dial most admired in the art world are his assemblages commenting on race and the place of African-Americans in the larger society. Dial rightfully credited Bill Arnett, founder of the Souls Run Deep Foundation, as the person [...] Click here to continue reading.

Doyle Sam – American Artist

Sam Doyle (American, 1906 to 1985)

Sam Doyle’s major works are on panels of used corrugated roofing tin or plywood sheets, painted with enamel or latex house paint. Often oversized, with some as large as 6′ x 10′, they are a vibrant visual documentation of the Gullah lore and culture on St. Helena, the small island off the coast of South Carolina where he lived his life. St. Helena was virtually isolated until the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Johnson, Lester Frederick – American Artist

Lester Frederick Johnson (American, 1919-2010)

Lester Johnson had his first solo show at the Artists Gallery in 1951. In the 1960s, he was a maverick associate of the Abstract Expressionists in New York, who regarded him as talented, but misguided. Still, he was one of the few figurative artists voted into their famous weekly gathering known as the Eighth Street Club. In the 1970s, Johnson shifted from somber paintings depicting grim, boxy figures in [...] Click here to continue reading.

Finster, Howard – American Artist

Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001)

“The Lord spoke and he said: Give up the repair of lawn mowers; Give up the repair of bicycles; Give up sermons; Paint my pictures… And that’s what I done.” Howard Finster is among the most prolific and best-known outsider artists. He turned his house in Georgia into “Paradise Garden”, a venue to display his vision of preaching through art, with a constant display of work for sale to the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Purvis Young – African-American Artist

Purvis Young (American, 1943 to 2010).

A self-taught artist from the south, the majority of Young’s works depict urban life and figures surrounded by thematic imagery. Frequently rendered subjects include looming eyes, horses and trucks. Young grew up in the inner-city ghetto of Overtown and spent part of his early life incarcerated. His idealistic struggle for freedom, peace, equality and escape are common themes throughout his paintings.

Young collects discarded materials, including countertops, plywood, [...] Click here to continue reading.

Rogrig, Daniel E. (Don) – American Artist

Daniel E. (Don) Rohrig (American, 1911-1969)

Daniel Rohrig never trained as an artist. As a boy in his childhood hometown of Harmony, Indiana, he would use photos of movie stars and actors from film magazines as models for his drawings and paintings. Serving in the Pacific during WWII, Rohrig became fascinated with the art and culture of Japan and turned his attention to the depiction of Japanese movie stars. He envisions his favorite Japanese [...] Click here to continue reading.

Hunter, Clementine – African-American Artist – Louisiana

Clementine Hunter (1887 to 1988)

Clementine Hunter (pronounced Clementeen) was born to Creole parents, Antoinette Adams and Janvier Reuben, in late December of 1886 or early January of 1887 at Hidden Hill Plantation near Cloutierville, Louisiana. Hunter would never learn to read or write, later saying she only had about ten days of schooling, and was put to work in the fields when she was very young. At 15, she left Hidden Hill, which [...] Click here to continue reading.

Anderson, James McConnell (Mac) – American Artist & Potter

James McConnell “Mac” Anderson (American/Mississippi, 1907 to 1998)

After Mac Anderson completed his studies at Tulane University School of Architecture, he joined his brothers Walter and Peter Anderson in Ocean Springs, MS, developing a series of small figurine sets at Shearwater Pottery. From these early collaborative works, Mac’s mature style emerged: an affinity for the flora, fauna, and people of the Gulf Coast that he beautifully captures through “reticulated floral designs” woven into exquisite [...] Click here to continue reading.

Allis, C. Harry – American Artist

C. Harry Allis, (American, 1870 to 1938)

Born in 1870 in Dayton, Ohio, Harry Allis was a landscape painter in impressionist style and worked in both oil and watercolor. He lived primarily in Michigan and California. He taught at the Detroit Museum Art School, gave private art classes, and was an art critic for the “Detroit Free Press”. He studied at the Detroit Museum of Art, with Harry Eaton in New York City, and [...] Click here to continue reading.

Achenbach, Andreas – German Artist

Andreas Achenbach (German, 1815 to 1910)

Andreas Achenbach, a prolific and steadfast artist known for his crisply executed landscapes in a realistic manner, is widely regarded as the father of the 19th century German landscape painting. Achenbach began his studies at the Dusseldorf Academy of Painting in 1827. Despite its setting in a small town on the Rhine River, the school attracted artists from not only Germany, but from beyond its borders as well. [...] Click here to continue reading.

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