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Two ballpoint pen and felt-tip pen drawings by J. B. Murray.
J. B. Murray drawings, 1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 3667 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Visionary artist; Athens, Georgia. Birthdate also cited as 1907. Also known as J.B. Murry. Raised in rural central Georgia. Untrained as an artist, he began drawing and painting when disabled in 1975. Although illiterate, he developed his own "script" which he incorporated in his paintings as a visual element (no one can read it). His work has been included in several Southern exhibitions of Black isolated artists.
Donated 1985 by J. B. Murray.
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