Thursday, November 20, 2008

Daybreak - A Time to Rest is one in a series of oil paintings reproductions works that tell the story of Harriet Tubman (1820/1821-1913), the legendary heroine of the Underground Railroad whose devotion to freeing slaves put a $40,000 price on her head. Lawrence, famous fine art oil painter was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey; when he was twelve, he settled in Harlem with his mother. Despite many hardships, Lawrence benefited significantly from the Harlem Renaissance.

His neighborhood was the gathering place for the greatest African American oil painting artists, musicians, writers, and scholars of the time, and he came in contact with most of them. Lawrence enjoyed a successful career for more than fifty years. His original oil paintings portray the lives and struggles of African Americans, and have gained wide popularity owing to their abstract, colorful style and universal subject matter.