Summary: Two ballpoint pen and felt-tip pen drawings by J. B. Murray.
Visionary artist from 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 a dislocated hip forced him to retire from farming. Although unable to read and write in English, he developed his own codified use of colors and improvised script, called "spirit script," which he incorporated in his paintings as a visual element and which only he could translate. His work has been included in several Southern exhibitions of Black isolated artists.
Donated 1985 by J. B. Murray.
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J. B. Murray drawings, 1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.