Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence’s “Running Horse”

"Running Horse", Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, 1999, Etching and acquatint on paper, 18 1/4 x 18 in., Gift of the Francine Seders Gallery, 2001; © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, Running Horse, 1999, Etching and acquatint on paper, 18 1/4 x 18 in., Gift of the Francine Seders Gallery, 2001; © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence’s work focused on narrative paintings depicting the life, culture, and history of African Americans, through still life, portraits, and urban scenes. The majority of her career produced oil portraits of friends, figure studies of dancers, and watercolor and gouache landscapes. However, her work began to shift in the 1990s incorporating lyrical depictions of animals through etchings and monoprints. Her inspiration came from spontaneous responses to her surroundings, as well as African dance, sculpture, and theater.

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