J. B. Murray drawings, 1985

Murry, J. B. (John B.), b. 1908 d. 1988
Painter
Active in Athens, Ga.

Collection size: 2 items (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Two ballpoint pen and felt-tip pen drawings by J. B. Murray.

Biographical/Historical Note: Visionary artist; Athens, Georgia. Birthdate also cited as 1907. Also known as J.B. Murry. Raised in rural central Georgia. Untrained as an artist, he began drawing and painting when disabled in 1975. Although illiterate, he developed his own "script" which he incorporated in his paintings as a visual element (no one can read it). His work has been included in several Southern exhibitions of Black isolated artists.

Donated 1985 by J. B. Murray.

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