Artist of the moment………Hale Woodruff

 

 

Hale Aspecio Woodruff was an outstanding African- American artist renown for his works with the figure. Hale Woodruff was born in the year 1900. Woodruff was a muralist whose artwork represented the hard work ethic of the lower and middle classes. The artist was also a prolific printmaker.

He also spent four years studying in Paris, France. The artist also studied in Mexico with renowned muralist Diego Rivera.

In this clip we view murals commissioned by Talladega College in Alabama. Woodruff also painted many murals at Atlanta University located in Atlanta, Georgia:

The artist also taught at the collegiate level as part of the faculty at New York University. Hale Woodruff passed away in 1980.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 for a print to $170,000 for an original oil.

I love the emotion and especially the hands and feet of the characters portrayed by Hale Woodruff. Woodruff reminds me of another African American artist who was first an professional football player, Ernie Barnes.

Both artists were great at designing works packed with emotion and many figures. Barnes’ most renown work was his painting titled the Sugar Shack, seen in the credits of the 1970s hit television show Good Times, and on the cover of a Marvin Gaye record album.

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