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Artist of the moment…….Horace Pippin



Horace Pippin was an African- American artist who worked with the figure. Pippin was self taught and often created images that included slavery, racism, and prejudice.

Horace Pippin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in the year 1888. The artist served in World War 1 and after being shot by a sniper lost the use of his right arm. He took up painting to rebuild strength in his right arm.

Pippin created notebooks showing sketches he did whilst on the battlefield. In this clip we view some of Pippin’s artwork made during World War One:

As a young child the Pippin won his first box of crayons by winning a contest that was sponsored by an art supply company.

Below a wonderful montage of works by Pippin:

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Horace Pippin passed away in 1946 at the age of 58 years of age.

Pippin is included in prominent collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Pippin was an excellent story teller. His works of interior scenes and landscapes remind me of the self taught American artist Grandma Moses.



Artist of the moment……….Joel Christian Gill


Joel Christian Gill is an African- American artist who works with comics to tell true stories about remarkable people of color over the course of history. Gill earned B.A. degree from Roanoke College located in Salem, Virginia. Gill went on to earn a M.F.A.  from Boston University.

The artist founded his own company called Strange Fruit Comics. You can find titles by this company on

Below Joel Christian Gill is interviewed a comic book festival in 2011. The artist is asked why he chooses to do stories about Black American history:

Gill is also associate dean of student affairs for the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Price range information: Books and titles available on and from Fulcrum Publishing House located in Golden, Colorado.

I enjoy Gill because as a youngster and person of color myself all I really had to watch was Fat Albert and the Cosby kids, which I watched as much as possible!  I would have loved to read about a true life hero like Bass the U.S. Marshall.

Below a link to the website of Joel Christian Gill: