About the Artists

About the Artists

Ezekiel Gibbs' art legacy began at 83 with his insatiable desire to draw his life stories until his death at 103, making him the oldest Folk Artist known. After his wife's death, Gibbs began to revisit all of the memories of his life through drawings. For over 50 years, Ezekiel served as a deacon in the church and worked as a sharecropper. He used oil pastels, watercolors, and crayons for his paintings, with a strong focus on the animal, religious, and agricultural imagery from his life.

Annette's studio practice transforms raw data from everyday life into drawings, objects, and installations. Her large-scale temporary installations made of postal string, brown paper, and packing tape have been featured at the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts: Houston, and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others. Originally from New York, Lawrence lives and works in Denton, Texas. She taught at the University of North Texas for 24 years.

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About the Artists
  • Annette Installing Exhibition

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    Flowers, Brad. Concentrations 36: Annette Lawrence [Photograph DMA_1588-11], photograph, 2000; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Museum of Art.

  • "The Yellow Goat" by Ezekiel Gibbs

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    Collection of the Artist. Pencil & Acrylic on Red Construction Paper, 8.5x11.

  • "Men at St. Francis Playing Dominos" by Ezekiel Gibbs

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    Collection of the Artist. Pencil and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 18x24.

  • "Ducks Coming South" by Ezekiel Gibbs

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    Acrylic on White Paper, 11x14. Collection of the Artist.

  • "The Vegetable Garden at Night" by Ezekiel Gibbs

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    Tempera on Black Drawing Paper, 20x26. Collection of Transco Energy Company.

  • "Christmas Tree" by Ezekiel Gibbs

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    From his early collection. Acrylic on Watercolor paper, 11x14.

  • Ezekiel Gallery Showing

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  • Ezekiel's Wife: Josephine

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  • Annette Pulling String

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    Flowers, Brad. Concentrations 36: Annette Lawrence [Photograph DMA_1588-16], photograph, 2000; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Museum of Art.

  • Ezekiel Gibbs Newspaper Photo

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  • Installation Crew

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    Flowers, Brad. Concentrations 36: Annette Lawrence [Photograph DMA_1588-15], photograph, 2000; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Museum of Art.

  • Concentrations Exhibition B

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    Photography by Flowers, Brad. Concentrations 36: Annette Lawrence [Photograph DMA_1588-12] 2000; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History; crediting Dallas Museum of Art.

  • Concentrations Exhibition A

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    Photography by Flowers, Brad. Concentrations 36: Annette Lawrence [Photograph DMA_1588-12] 2000; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History; crediting Dallas Museum of Art.

  • Annette Working String

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    Flowers, Brad. Concentrations 36: Annette Lawrence [Photograph DMA_1588-13], photograph, 2000; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Museum of Art.

  • Folk Art Official Trailer

    Our first episode of Life through Art defines FOLK ART: an especially unique art form heralded by the African-American community. It also chronicles the rise of African-American Folk Artist, Ezekiel Gibbs, who began his art career at age 83. Gibbs, at the time, was the oldest working artist in Am...

  • Installation Art Official Trailer

    Episode 2 of Life Through Art defines INSTALLATION ART and features Annette Lawrence, an African-American installation artist with a special interest in the passage of time and an environmentally conscious workflow that makes the most of her "ordinary" material. From recycled string to brown pape...