Charcoal drawing, 20" by 15 1/2" plus narrow contemporary frame, the subject a young African-American girl, with "Susie" written at bottom. This drawing was acquired by me from a dealer who approximately 15 years ago stumbled upon a large group of mostly unframed artworks by noted African-American artist SUZANNE JACKSON (1944-). Some of those artworks, drawings and paintings both, were signed, some not signed. This was one of the drawings in that group. Jackson, still active in the arts and culture in her seventies, was born in St. Louis and grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. She received art education at San Francisco State University and Otis Art Institute, and by 1968 ran Gallery 32, one of only two black-owned, artist-run galleries in Los Angeles. Here gallery was more than just a gallery, serving as a hot spot for meeting and interaction for any number of culturally aware and active people of the era. She has been known as a gallerist, painter, poet, set designer, and dancer. Works have sold at auctions of African-American art. The subject of this drawing certainly bears a resemblance to photos of Jackson viewable on line, leading me to think it actually an early self-portrait. There is a sketch of a part of a girl's face, on the reverse side, as well.
SUZANNE JACKSON (1944-) African-American art charcoal portrait drawing