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beautiful americans

portraits, 2017

During Black History Month, in response to the newly elected president and the appointment of his cabinet, as a daily meditative act, I made a series of portraits of American citizens whose work or lives have brought insight or inspiration to me and others, and who have undoubtedly made the world a better place. I posted the works with accompanying text daily to Instagram. Click on a portrait to see the corresponding Instagram post.


Ink on acid-free paper, 12" x 8.5"

Thelonious Monk
Ida B. Wells
Pauli Murray
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
James Baldwin
Kara Walker
Oney "Ona" Maria Judge
Marlon Riggs
Dr. Harry Clark
Thelonious Monk
Dick Gregory
Gwenn Ifill
Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley
Roxanne Gay
Thomas Andrew Dorsey
Sun Ra
Kenneth W Goings
Vanessa German
Charles Blow
Bryan Stevenson
stevie wonder
Leslie Jones
John Stewart Rock
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