Lawrence Finney American, b. 1963

Born in Brooklyn, Lawrence Finney studied art at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, the School of the Visual Arts, New York City and Warren County Community College, New Jersey. This oil is typical of the series made between 1993 and 2003 with heroic, stylized figures, greatly influenced by Charles White, George Tooker, the Mexican muralists and social realism in general. Finney’s paintings were included in the 2002 Studio Museum in Harlem exhibition Black Romantic. The Figurative Impulse in Contemporary African American Art and the 2006 University of Houston exhibition from the Collections of Corrine Jennings and Joe Overstreet.