Painter and printmaker Gwendolyn Knight-Lawrence was born in Bridgetown, Barbados. She attended Howard University, Washington, DC. During the Great Depression, she joined the Works Progress Administration (WPA) mural project. In 2000, following the death of her husband, artist Jacob Lawrence, Knight-Lawrence founded the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation. Never Late for Heaven: The Art of Gwen Knight, presented by the Tacoma Art Museum, WA, in 2003, was the first retrospective exhibition of her work. She spent the better part of her life in Seattle, where her husband served on the faculty of the University of Washington.