Family Ark is a grand story divided into three sections—a triptych—that Biggers designed to be shown all together, with the center panel (shown here) on its own, or with the side panels paired together. Elements of symmetry, geometry, and pattern appear everywhere. Symmetrical in design, the scene is composed like a balanced scale with a kneeling boy at the fulcrum. Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love and protection (distinguished by her horned headdress), is also positioned in the center, above the boy. She alone faces forward as she extends her embrace to all. At the core, John Biggers' message is both personal and epic: the family unit, the foundation of human society, bonded together in spirituality and love, remains strong and will prevail.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
Born in Gastonia, NC, printmaker and muralist John Biggers earned a BFA, MFA, and PhD from Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
In 1949, Biggers founded what is now the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas South...