Higgins Bond is one of the most prolific commercial artists. Many of the pieces featured in this survey of her career speak to the vast diversity of Bond’s skill set and widespread contribution to the print and literary industries. With an illustrious career spanning almost 50 years, the highly celebrated children’s book illustrator has provided images for more than 40 titles, many of which highlight the artist’s lifelong passion for nature and animals. Several plate projects featuring the artist’s beloved flora and fauna have yielded highly sought out limited-edition collectibles. Bond has also demonstrated a commitment to uplifting African Americans through the visual arts. Her work was prominently featured in Anheuser-Busch’s “Great Kings and Queens of Africa” promotional campaign. In 1991, Bond became the first African-American woman to design and illustrate a stamp for the U.S. Postal Service. Bond’s portraits of icons and innovators W.E.B. Du Bois, Percy Lavon Julian, and Jan E. Matzeliger are featured in the Black Heritage stamp series, the longest-running commemorative series in U.S. history. Bond has also illustrated several thought provoking covers for The Crisis, the official magazine of the NAACP. Some would say, in delineating commercial art from fine art, commercial art tends to utilize acquired skill, whereas fine art requires inborn talent. However, Bond’s natural aptitude for the paintbrush was evident long before she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Memphis College of Art and would go on to pursue a brief career in advertising. Influenced by her father, a creative and skilled artisan, Bond was drawing and painting by age twelve. She was educated in the Little Rock School District, attending Carver Elementary and Booker and Dunbar Junior high schools. The Little Rock Central High School graduate would not only go on to garner national awards and recognition for her commercial arts campaigns. She has also been featured in solo and group fine art exhibitions at numerous museums and institutions including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago. Through this exhibition, organized around five major "mediums" of her career, Hearne Fine Art invites you to take in the breadth and depth of Arkansas treasure and American artist Higgins Bond.
MEET THE ARTIST
- In conjunction with the 2019 Arkansas Literary Festival, Hearne Fine Art welcomes Higgins Bond on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM
-Official Artist Reception: SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM