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Game Changers: The Art of Black History Highlights Jacob Lawrence [VIDEO + PHOTO]

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It’s very seldom that someone would mention African American artist and not mention Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence is often known as one of the most acclaimed painters of the 20th century.  Even if you didn’t know his name, it’s certain you’ve seen his paintings before. His art is most known for its unique style. The paintings are known to represent everyday life, African American history and historical figures.




Jacob Lawrence was born in 1917, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Later in life he moved to Harlem, New York, with his family. It was in Harlem where he met some talent artist such as himself. Harlem was a prominent place for art, because, it was home of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance happened a decade before Lawrence and his family moved to Harlem, yet, it was still rich with African-American culture. This shaped the painters career.

Before Jacob Lawrence could turn 20 years old, his unique art style had already developed.  It wasn’t until Lawrence created The Migration Series, that the world began to notice. At just 24 years old, Lawrence went on to become the first African American to be represented by a New York gallery.

Since, Jacob Lawrence has paved the way for many artist to follow. In 1990 he was awarded the u.S National Medal of Arts. His work is shown today in many museums across the world.

 

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