Large (48" by 36") and impressive oil on canvas painting of voluptuous nude black females, one mysteriously masked, superimposed on a complex and colorful background, by the noted late contemporary African-American artist JON ONYE LOCKARD (1932-2015). The work is actually unsigned but came from a Los Angeles home that was a virtual repository of works by the artist (many of which I have also listed in my shop). Lockard was born in Detroit during the Great Depression. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1955 and went on to be a traveling portraitist for a time in the late fifties and early sixties. In the mid sixties he met the noted African-American artist John Biggers in Houston. Lockard went on to develop his natural talents, receiving national acclaim, as his mural work appeared at Wayne State, the University of Michigan, and Central State University, and the Charles Wright Museum of African-American Art. For forty years he was an instructor at the University of Michigan, inspiring countless students. Lockard passed away in 2015. A market for his art has not yet developed, but over time that situation should self-correct. See Lockard's impressive online footprint, and the other Lockard works in my shop, (pastel and charcoal drawings---this being the only oil).
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