A PAIR of portrait drawings, one of a black man, the other a black woman, each pastel on paper, measuring 9 1/2" by 7 1/2" and 14 1/4" by 11 3/4" matted and in silver metal frames. Both works are signed with initials "JL" at a lower corner by the noted, late contemporary African-American artist JON ONYE LOCKARD (1932-2015). They came from a Los Angeles home that was a virtual repository of works by the artist (a number of which I was fortunate enough to acquire, and 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. An active secondary 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, (two larger pastels, a large charcoal drawing, and a single oil). The present glass is the detail-dulling non-glare glass variety that should be replaced at some point--(there are still reflections in some images---the drawings are rather difficult to photograph).
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