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ARTIS LANE (1927 - ) Mermaid.
Oil on linen canvas, 1970. 914x610 mm; 36x24 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.
Provenance: private collection, New Orleans.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Artis Lane studied at the Art College in Toronto, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and the University of California in Los Angeles. In 1984, the artist had one of her first solo exhibitions at the Brockman Gallery in Los Angeles. Today, Lane is celebrated for her portraits in both sculpture and painting of famous and historic figures. In 2007, the California African American Museum of Los Angeles mounted a major retrospective exhibition of her work. In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled Lane's bronze bust of Sojourner Truth, which became the first sculpture of a Black woman installed in the U.S. Capitol.