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Jacob Lawrence, Artist

Jacob Lawrence
  American (1917-2000)

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Jacob Lawrence moved with his family to Harlem in 1930, where he attended the Harlem Art Workshop and the American Artists School under prominent artist Charles Alston.


The 1920’s…The Migrants Cast Their Ballots, 1974, serigraph, ed. 54/125

Lawrence became nationally known when The Migration of the Negro series was shown at New York’s Downtown Gallery in 1941. The first African American artist to be represented by a New York gallery, he was also the subject of a lengthy profile in Fortune magazine, which reproduced twenty-six of the series’ sixty panels.

From his first published lithograph in 1963, Lawrence produced a dynamic body of prints exploring universal issues of equality, unity, and hope in a distinctive, personal style of bold colors and flat, overlapping shapes influenced by Modern art. This print is part of the Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence,  which reflects and projects American Independence as interpreted by twelve of America’s foremost artists.