Redbud Gallery Presents: John Biggers One of Texas' Most Well Known Artists
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/18/2015, 11:30 a.m.
Public Opening: April 4 - 29, 2015; noon - 9 p.m.
Open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Redbud Gallery - 303 E. 11th Street @ Cortlandt
HOUSTON -- March 18, 2015 – We are very excited and honored to showcase the works of one of Texas leading historical art world figures. John Biggers wasn’t a native Houstonian, but the creative muralist left an indelible mark on the art world. Biggers has not shown commercially, to our knowledge for over thirty years in Houston.
From his evolution as a social realist in North Carolina and Virginia to a modernist here in Houston, Baggers will always be remembered for a realm of creativity which reflected his perspective of the anguish that people suffered in the rural South.
A major influence in art education for hundreds of artists over a 35 year period, Biggers served in 1949 as a founding chair of the art department at Texas Southern University. In 1957, he received a fellowship from (UNESCO), enabling him to become one of the first African-American artists to visit Africa.
The exhibition hosts thirty pieces from private collections and highlights all media including prints, drawings, paintings, and study sketches. Kopriva believes Biggers’ work is an awesome historical tool that, though well-known in the collectors’ world, will re-introduce his talent to younger generations.
Biggers is an incredibly important figure and I don’t want this local hero to be forgotten. When people visit the exhibit, my hope is they walk away knowing this name, his work and his contribution to art history, not only to Houston but also to the entire country.”
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