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Curator’s comments

For more than sixty years in Columbus, folk artist Elijah Pierce (1892-1984) created woodcarvings inspired by biblical stories, animal folk tales, current events, and pop culture. He earned his living as a barber, and his shop on Long Street was his studio, a gallery for his colorful carvings, and a gathering place for Columbus's African-American community.

Artist’s comments

This painting is from studies I did in Mr. Pierce's studio and a lot from memory because I knew his heart and spirit, and I could draw him. The goodness of his life and his spirit and his heart were like threads of a blanket that covered everything around him and that included me. I was touched very deeply by his life and his wisdom and those things he gave to me as an artist.

Visitors’ comments

Exhibition history

Symphonic Poem, CMA 2002 and tour 2006-07

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