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Untitled (work of art)

Artwork Info

Created
1994
Artist
John Biggers
Nationality
American
Birth/Death
1924-2001
Dimensions
40 1/4 x 40 1/4 in.
(102.2 x 102.2 cm)
Medium
Painting

Credit

Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)

Culture
American North Carolina

About

Born and raised in Gastonia, John Biggers was one of North Carolina’s most honored and beloved artists. Throughout his long career as both an artist and educator, Biggers sought to reforge the link between African and African American cultures. In paintings and large-scale murals, he employed a rich visual language to address-often in the same image-the past, present, and future of Africa’s scattered children. In this highly symbolic painting, three generations of a Southern black family emerge from a pool of water, a reference to both ritual purification and the primordial beginnings of life. Flanked by monumental female figures — symbolic perhaps of maternal Africa — this community stands together facing the dawn.

tags: pattern, animals, water, cycle, family, identity, interdependence, meaning, power, celebration

Images

  • John Biggers Untitled Painting 1994

    Untitled by John Biggers