Swann Galleries - The Richard A. Long Collection of African-American Art - Sale 2359, Part I - October 9, 2014 - page 50

Guitar Player
Oil on cotton canvas, circa 1975. 914x1219 mm; 36x48 inches. Signed in oil, lower left.
Provenance: Richard A. Long, Atlanta; thence by descent to his estate.
Lucille Malkia Roberts is known for large paintings like
Guitar Player
from the 1970s—works that
combine and balance figurative and abstract elements with active brush work. Born inWashington
DC, Roberts earned her BFA from Howard University in 1945, and her MFA from the University
of Michigan’s Institute of Fine Arts, Ann Arbor, in 1947. After pursuing post-graduate study in
Mexico City and at NewYork University with HaleWoodruff, she returned to Howard University.
There she taught painting and design from 1976 to 1985 while having numerous solo exhibitions.
Her extensive career is noted in such historical surveys as the
St. James Guide to Black Artists
, Samella
African American Art and Artists
and Leslie King-Hammond and bell hooks’s
Anthology of Contemporary African AmericanWomen Artists
. Her paintings are included in the collections
of both Spelman College and Atlanta University, and the Evans-Tibbs Collection,Washington, DC.
This is only the second painting of hers to come to auction. King-Hammond pp. 229-30.
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