Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence with a student at Brandeis University, 1965

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Jacob Lawrence was just 23 when he gained national recognition for The Migration Series, a vivid 60-panel sequence of narrative paintings that characterised the birth of his self-described ‘dynamic cubism’. 

Heralded as one of the most influential painters of his generation, his modern figurative works chronicle the fundamental struggles of the American Civil War and Civil Rights Movement through a use of bold, consistent colours and distinctive composition. 

His work has been exhibited internationally for over five decades and is held in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Amongst numerous accolades he was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP in 1970, The Washington Medal of Merit in 1998, and the US National Medal of Arts in 1990.