14 November 2011

Lois Mailou Jones

Lois Mailou Jones was an African-American artist, born in Boston in 1905. During her long and remarkable life in art and education, she painted, designed masks, textiles and stained glass windows, painted hundreds of portraits of the famous and infamous, and traveled the world well into her nineties. 
In 1980, she was honoured by President Jimmy Carter at the White House for outstanding achievements in arts. Her paintings grace the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Portrait Gallery, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Palace in Haiti and many others. Lois felt that her greatest contribution to the art world was "proof of the talent of Black artists." But her fondest wish was to be known as an "artist" -- without labels like Black artist or woman artist. via
As I read about Jones and study her artwork, I can't help but be amazed. I admire her skill, her courage, and her journey of development. It's encouraging and inspiring to know that she was able to accomplish all that she did.

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