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VARNETTE P. HONEYWOOD (1950-2010) hand signed small print by noted African-American artist
Small reproduction print titled at bottom "Snuff Dippers", circa 1970's, by the noted California African-American artist, VARNETTE P. HONEYWOOD (1950-2010). The work, 14 3/4" by 11 3/4" framed, is hand signed in black ink by the artist at lower margin next to the title. The image features two African-American youngsters sitting on a bench on a sunny day, one with the Holy Bible in her handbag. Honeywood, educated in art at Spelman College, came to prominence when reproductions of her work were hung in the stage living room of the Huxtable family on The Cosby Show during the 1980's. Cosby and his wife Camille had seen her work and decided to thus prominently display it. Later, Honeywood developed some of her imagery into a line of greeting cards and posters. She passed away at the young age of 59 in 2010, at which time the Los Angeles Times and New York Times wrote an obituary. There is an unusual amount of glowing tribute, online, pertaining to the artist. This print, laid down on a board with overlying fixed blue mat, is generally clean. The lower right corner is a little irregular in so far as it does not lay down smoothly; could maybe be coaxed to go under the mat.
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