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“If at times my artworks do not express the conventionally beautiful, there is always an effort to express the universal beauty of man’s continuous struggle to lift his social position and to add dimension to his spiritual being.”

— Jacob Lawrence View Gallery


The Lawrence website is an information resource to assist those seeking information on the art and legacy of Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Established in 2000, it is supported by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation. The website and Lawrence Foundation-supported programs are the Foundation’s primary initiatives.


The Jacob and Gwen Lawrence Foundation supports its designated programs but does not accept unsolicited funding requests. The endowed programs described on this website have been funded by the personal estate of Jacob and Gwen Lawrence.

The Foundation does not appraise works of art or establish provenance. For appraisal information, contact Francine Seders, or Heidi Lange at DC Moore Gallery,

This bio provides a general overview of Jacob Lawrence’s artistic milestones.

This bio provides a general overview of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence’s artistic milestones.

For license and image usage, Foundation information works with Arts Resource and Artist Rights Society in New York. They are authorized to work with those seeking to publish, reproduce and/or use Lawrence’s artwork in their projects. They hold a fully searchable image library, which can be found at

“My life with Jacob allowed me to work as I pleased. I’ve never felt overlooked. I’ve been lucky.”



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