James Denmark worked in a variety of mediums as a sculptor, printmaker, painter, and textile artist. His passion for art began as a young child living in Florida with his artistic family. His grandmother was a quilter and wire sculptor who tasked Denmark with cutting her quilt patterns—a task some believe may have inspired the collage-style of painting that Denmark has become most noted for in his career. While attending college at Florida A&M University, he studied under renowned art historian, museum curator, and artist, Samella Lewis. After graduating from college, he moved to New York City where he lived, worked, and exhibited for several decades before moving to South Carolina.
Head of a Young Black Woman was created after Denmark moved to New York City in the mid-1960s but before he attended Pratt Institute for his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture.
Title: Head of a Young Black Woman
Artist: James Denmark (b. 1936)
Medium: welded bronze
Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 12 inches
Accession Number: H77.20
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