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Benny Andrews

Portrait of Mimi Gross Grooms, 1966

Oil on paper laid to board
14 3/8 × 11 3/8 in
36.5 × 28.9 cm
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D
Doyle
Signature
Signed Benny Andrews and dated 66 (lc), dated Sat. Nov. 4 1967 and inscribed as titled on the reverse
Benny Andrews
American, 1930–2006
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Benny Andrews’s narrative paintings tell poignant stories of social injustice. Inspired by his youth in the segregated American South, Andrews created a body of work depicting scenes from the Civil Rights movement, American Indian relocation, antiwar protests, and other cultural struggles. A self-described “people’s painter,” his overt political series are punctuated by paintings of everyday people and moments, encapsulating an expression of the human condition in times of conflict. He sought to convey authenticity of emotion by employing a painterly style reminiscent of folk art, often incorporating collaged elements pulled from daily life. “I started working with collage because I found oil paint so sophisticated, and I didn’t want to lose my sense of rawness,” Andrews said.

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Doyle
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Signed Benny Andrews and dated 66 (lc), dated Sat. Nov. 4 1967 and inscribed as titled on the reverse
Benny Andrews
American, 1930–2006
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Benny Andrews’s narrative paintings tell poignant stories of social injustice. Inspired by his youth in the segregated American South, Andrews created a body of work depicting scenes from the Civil Rights movement, American Indian relocation, antiwar protests, and other cultural struggles. A self-described “people’s painter,” his overt political series are punctuated by paintings of everyday people and moments, encapsulating an expression of the human condition in times of conflict. He sought to convey authenticity of emotion by employing a painterly style reminiscent of folk art, often incorporating collaged elements pulled from daily life. “I started working with collage because I found oil paint so sophisticated, and I didn’t want to lose my sense of rawness,” Andrews said.

Benny Andrews

Portrait of Mimi Gross Grooms, 1966

Oil on paper laid to board
14 3/8 × 11 3/8 in
36.5 × 28.9 cm
Bidding closed
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