b. 1934

Lorenzo Scott

West Point, Georgia

    A housepainter by profession, Lorenzo Scott also paints pictures, as well as signs, and even a few pieces of furniture. On a trip to New York City years ago, Scott observed sidewalk artists at work, and upon his return home to Atlanta, he became a regular visitor to the local art museum, where he was drawn to the work of the Old Masters.

    Scott's imagery is clearly suggestive of Renaissance and Baroque paintings seen both at the museum and in art book reproductions. In his paintings, he has drawn from a vast array of disparate historical sources, often melding references to the art of the past—Giotto, Leonardo, Veronese—with contemporary references from his everyday life. This incongruity is enhanced by his use of thrift store frames, or wood frames covered with automobile Bondo, carved and painted gold to imitate the Baroque gilding the artist admired in the museum.

    Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art, Vol. 1

    Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art, Vol. 1

    The African American culture of the South has produced many of the twentieth century’s most innovative art forms. Widely appreciated for its music—from the blues and jazz, to gospel, soul, rock ‘n’ roll—the region has also played host to a less visible but equally important visual art tradition.