James Counts

James Counts


In my work, I attempt to instill the true sense of History, Strength, Character, Beauty and Pride of Black People.” – James Counts, 1976

Counts was a self-taught sculptor invested in creating art pertinent to Black History, with a majority of his work celebrating the beauty of Black women. He credits his time in the United States Navy, where he said he learned how to braid and tie knots, as influence for the beautiful and intricate details of the braiding he produces in his sculptures, as seen in Black Female ‘76. Counts believes braids have important, historical ties with Black women. The visual element of the braid is one example of his larger artistic goal: to expose the overlooked history and contributions of Black people to audiences everywhere.

Black Female' 76
Black Female 76 by James Count


Title: Black Female ‘76
Artist: James Counts (b. 1925)
Date: 1976
Medium: cast plaster
Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 12 inches
Accession Number: H77.25








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