Ernest Crichlow

Ernest Crichlow (June 19, 1914 – November 10, 2005) was an American social realist artist.

Crichlow was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1914 to Barbadian immigrants. He studied art at the School of Commercial Illustrating and Advertising Art in New York and New York University. Crichlow started pretense as an artist in a studio sponsored by Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project. Augusta Savage was an forward patron of his work, as was the engagement for many of the artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

His first exhibition was in 1938 in the Harlem Community Center in Harlem, New York. One of his best known works, the lithograph Lovers III shows a youth black girl being harassed in her bedroom by a enthusiast of the Ku Klux Klan. Crichlow's exploit was exhibited in the 1939 New York World's Fair and in the Library of Congress the similar to year.

Over the next-door few decades, his act out was regularly shown in leading US art galleries especially in the northeast although he held two exhibitions in Atlanta University in the 1940s. By the halt of his career, his play-act had been fortunate by President Carter. His 1967 painting White Fence showing a minor white girl being separated by a fence from five black girls was the most notable from his unconventional career along subsequent to a 25 panel mural at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn.

Crichlow was also capably known as an illustrator for children's literature providing art feign for Two in a Team, Maria, Lift Every Voice and Magic Mirrors. He founded the Cinque Gallery in 1969 once Norman Lewis and Romare Bearden as competently as teaching art at New York University and the Art Students League.

A resident of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Crichlow died of heart failure on November 10, 2005.

Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2005.

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