Thursday, August 16, 2007

Visual Artists and Artistry


Source: National Portrait Gallery (

Marjorie Evans, Coleridge-Taylor's half sister, had seen an oil painting of the composer as a child (1881) that is identical to the one that was on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London. (Quoted from Jeffrey Green and Paul McGilchrist, "Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: A Post Script." in THE BLACK PERSPECTIVE IN MUSIC (1986)).


Henry Holmes was a South Jamaican artists. The photo is taken from a newspaper article (Long Island Daily Press, Saturday, July 13, 1940). The caption reads: "Joe Louis, world's heavyweight champion, look over an oil portrait of himself done by Henry Holmes, South Jamaican artist, who is smilingly point out the detail in the canvas."


Black artist, Malvin Gray Johnson, a North Carolina native, rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance. His exhibition of oils, watercolors and drawings in 2002 at North Carolina Central University, was the first since his death in 1934.

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