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Billy Morrow Jackson 1926 - 2006

Prints 1949-1991: A catalogue raisonné
Haslem Fine Arts, Inc, Washington DC, 2010

Page 5

Civil Rights Drawings 1962-1964

Symmetrical Man: Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, by Billy Morrow Jackson, artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Symmetrical Man: Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, 1968
lithograph with color overlays
24 x 24"

In 1975 a series of  8 offset lithographic reproductions was published in connection with these drawings. Jackson donated the entire proceeds to various civil rights organizations

Howard E. Wooden in his book, Billy Morrow Jackson quoted Jackson saying:

As the drama of the Great Civil Rights movement grew to more and more dramatic proportions, the pressure on the conscience of sympathetic Americans grew as well ...expanded in many cases to outright heroic deeds and sacrifices. Being concerned and feeling deeply involved as an American: shocked and angry at the garish and often bloody crescendo of injustice and atrocities; irritated at the casual acceptance of this insult by so many Americans a permanent part of our social fiber; appalled at the apathy of a nation in the face of overt inhumanity…I was stricken by all this...stricken because in this dark mirror I saw my own reflection and was not pleased. Indeed I was stricken at my own apathy...as a human person, as an artist, as an American.

...this brazen brutality coupled with this Siamese ingrown apathy…prompted me to become concerned as to how I might respond as an artist…How I might take my posture in the growth of this drama.

Stars and Bars by Billy Morrow Jackson on artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Stars and Bars
American Flag Prison

offset lithograph
29 x 22 1/2"

series in permanent collections of

Butler Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
Champaign County Health Care Consumers, IL (partial series)
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
Library of Congress, Washington DC
Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Sovereign Scarecrow by Billy Morrow Jackson on artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
The Sovereign Scarecrow
Man as Scarecrow

offset lithograph
29 x 22 1/2"
The Tattooed Man by Billy Morrow Jackson on artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
The Tattooed Man
Uncle Sam as Tattooed Man

offset lithograph
29 x 22 1/2"
Merry Kristmas and Philadelphia by Billy Morrow Jackson on artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Merry Kristmas and Philadelphia
KKK Santa Claus

offset lithograph
29 x 22 1/2"
Costumed Political Figures, by Billy Morrow Jackson on artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Costumed Political Figures
offset lithograph
29 x 22 1/2"
Black Man with Sign Board, by Billy Morrow Jackson on artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Black Man with Sign Board
offset lithograph
29 x 22 1/2"
Political Figures in Costume, by Billy Morrow Jackson on artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Political Figures in Costume
offset lithograph
29 x 22 1/2"
Costumed Political Figures, by Billy Morrow Jackson on artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Costumed Political Figures
offset lithograph
29 x 22 1/2"
Uncle Sam, by Billy Morrow Jackson, artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Uncle Sam
pen, ink, and watercolor drawing
Of, By, and For?, by Billy Morrow Jackson, artline
Billy Morrow Jackson
Of, By, and For?, 1992
gouache
22 x 29"
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