By Olive Jensen Theisen

John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was once an incredible African American artist who encouraged numerous others via his instructing, work of art, work, and drawings. After receiving traditional artwork education at Hampton Institute and Pennsylvania country, he had his own and creative leap forward in 1957 while he spent six months within the newly autonomous nation of Ghana. From this time ahead, he built-in African summary parts along with his rural Southern photographs to create a private iconography. His new process made him well-known, as his own discovery of African background slot in good with the starting to be U.S. civil rights move. he's most sensible recognized for his work of art at Hampton collage, Winston-Salem collage, and Texas Southern, however the drawings and lithographs that lie at the back of the work of art have got scant cognizance - before. Theisen interviewed Dr. Biggers over the past 13 years of his lifestyles, and was once welcomed into his studio innumerable occasions. jointly, they chose consultant works for this quantity, a few of that have now not been formerly released for a normal audience.
After his loss of life in 2001, his widow persevered to paintings heavily with Theisen, leading to a ebook that's intimate and informative for either the coed and the scholar.

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