John Thomas Biggers, ‘Coming Home from Work’, 1944, Forum Gallery

About John Thomas Biggers

John Thomas Biggers’s intricate paintings of everyday life double as vibrant visual critiques of social injustice. Similar to Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, who explored the African American condition in paintings and collages that fused folk art aesthetics with a modernist approach, Biggers offers scenes of workday activities that allude to physical and metaphysical struggle. “I began to see art not primarily as an individual expression of talent, but as a responsibility to reflect the spirit and style of the Negro people,” Biggers once said. “It became an awesome responsibility to me.”

American, 1924-2001

Group Shows

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
2007
New York, NY, United States,
Body Beware: 18 American Artists
2005
New York, NY, United States,
Eye Contact: Painting and Drawing in American Art
2004
New York, NY, United States,
Embracing the Muse: Africa and African American Art
2003
New York, NY, United States,
African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, X
2000
New York, NY, United States,
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade

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