Oct 09, 2014 - Sale 2359

Sale 2359 - Lot 29

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Guitar Player.

Oil on cotton canvas, circa 1975. 914x1219 mm; 36x48 inches. Signed in oil, lower left.

Provenance: Richard A. Long, Atlanta; thence by descent to his estate.

Lucille Malkia Roberts is known for large paintings like Guitar Player - works from the 1970s that combine and balance figurative and abstract elements with active brush work. Born in Washington DC, Roberts earned her BFA from Howard University in 1945, and her MFA from the University of Michigan's Institute of Fine Arts, Ann Arbor, in 1947. After pursuing post-graduate study in Mexico City and at New York University with Hale Woodruff, she returned to Howard University. There she taught painting and design from 1976 to 1985 while having numerous solo exhibitons. Her extensive career is noted in such historical surveys as the St. James Guide to Black Artists, Samella Lewis's African American Art and Artists and Leslie King-Hammond and bell hooks's Gumbo Ya Ya: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Women Artists. Her paintings are included in the collections of both Spelman College and Atlanta University, and the Evans-Tibbs Collection, Washington, DC. This is only the second painting of hers to come to auction. King-Hammond pp. 229-30.