African Americans in Art …. Ernest Chrichlow

Ernest Chrichlow was a prominent Harlem Renaissance figure and was born in 1914 and lived until 2005 leaving a huge body of work. He was the 2nd of nine children born to a family emigrating from Barbados.  He studied art at New York University and the Art Students League of New York. In 1942 he participated in the first show honoring black artists and exhibited alongside of Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Norman Lewis.

Along with 10 other black artists he was honored by the White House of Jimmy Carter for his contributions to the art world. Along with Norman Lewis and Romare Bearden he opened the Cinque gallery promoting the work of artists who come from a disadvantaged background.

Chrichlow also illustrated children’s books and his work is owned by many museums and collected by such actors as Morgan Freeman and even the great Lena Horne.

What inspires me about this artist is his use of color and lithography. His bold and dynamic color are pretty eye grabbing. Mr. Chrichlow was a fantastic draftsman and his many lithographs and sketches show his great use of lights and darks and also bold color. One has to admire the many different mediums Mr. Chrichlow conquered. Not just oils, but he also did seriagraphs, lithographs, and etchings. An artist’s artist we thank Mr. Chrichlow for his inspriation.


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