Features: 103 duotone illus. Notes. Bib. Index.
John Thomas Biggers (1924–2001) was a major African American artist who
inspired countless others through his teaching, murals, paintings, and
drawings. After receiving conventional art training at Hampton Institute
and Pennsylvania State, he had his personal and artistic breakthrough in
1957 when he spent six months in the newly independent country of Ghana.
From this time forward, he integrated African abstract elements with his
rural Southern images to create a personal iconography. His new approach
made him famous, as his personal discovery of African heritage fit in
well with the growing U.S. civil rights movement. He is best known for
his murals at Hampton University, Winston-Salem University, and Texas
Southern, but the drawings and lithographs that lie behind the murals
have received scant attention—until now. more... about A Life on Paper: The Drawings and Lithographs of John Thomas Biggers