Benny Andrews, ‘The Poor House’, 1962, Vallarino Fine Art

Signature: Signed at lower left; titled and dated verso

Forum Gallery, New York, NY (label)

About Benny Andrews

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.

American, 1930-2006

Solo Shows

2013
New York, NY, United States,
Benny Andrews: There Must Be a Heaven

Group Shows

2014
OTB Fine Art, 
Summer Show
2014
New York, NY, United States,
Solitary Soul
2014
New York, NY, United States,
RISING UP/UPRISING: Twentieth Century African American Art
2012
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
2008
New York, NY, United States,
African American Art: 200 Years
2003
New York, NY, United States,
African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, X
1993
New York, NY, United States,
African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks