African American Painter
The Migration of the Negro, Panel 1
Through his paintings Jacob Lawrence explored injustice, racial tensions, discrimination, and poverty. An example of this is seen in Panel 14 below where he paints a white judge looming over two African Americans. Feeling they had no protection or justice, many cited this as a reason to move north. Jacob Lawrence made powerful statements with his bold paintings.
Jacob Lawrence also became a visual story-teller of his Harlem neighborhood, capturing daily life in many of his paintings such as Brownstones below. His life and art were shaped by growing up in Harlem and by working closely with other Harlem artists such as poet Langston Hughes. Mr. Lawrence was the last surviving artist of the Harlem Renaissance.