David Driskell: Drawing on Life presents for the first time the travel sketchbooks and visual diaries of David C. Driskell (1931-2020) distinguished artist, professor, and scholar of African American art. Organized with the artist over two years, this intimate retrospective offers a rare view of Driskell’s travel sketches, and reflections on his artistic journey. The 28 drawings and 18 sketchbooks span four decades, beginning in 1961 when Driskell was a young professor at Talladega College. Among his many achievements Driskell was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Bill Clinton in 2000. David C. Driskell: Drawing on Life will include an illustrated catalogue and several related programs.
“In the quiet of my small studio nestled in the majestic pines and white birches of Maine, two worlds merge in my work: one of sight, the other of vision. These two worlds are the one that I experience visually when I see the beauty of nature around me and there is also before me the creative world of the imagination. Together, they express the joyous vision I have as an artist, responding to the spiritual urge within to fulfill my earthy task of making and creating my own beautiful world.“
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