Precious Treasures: Cultivate Them - Wadsworth Jarrell (NEW)
Precious Treasures: Cultivate Them
About the Work

From the Artist:

"Precious Treasures: Cultivate Them" is a print rooted in the AfriCOBRA philosophy in terms of its approach to color, a positive statement, aspects of heritage, and technical excellence. The print makes a bold statement in reference to neglected and abused children. My statement speaks to children as being 'Precious Treasures,' let's not abuse them, neglect them, kill them, let's cultivate them so as they are beautiful human beings that live vibrant productive lives. What adults do in their lives reflect what will be in the future children's lives. As an artist, I feel a responsibility to address the current conditions of young and old African Americans in the USAthe world.

My work is influenced by drawings my children drew when they were between the ages of one and 12, and the awesome images, symbols, patterns, and intelligent approach of the Senufo and Dogon of Mali.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

African people are the forerunners, innovators, creators, the hip. African people are my motivation…My role is to make social imagery to intrude upon the thoughts to jar the senses of African people. To produce an Art which is as warm and awesome as the songs and prayers of Sunday morning Baptist meeting. Art that’s getting into the color and sound of those songs and prayers. An art that African people can relate to.
—From, accessed 6-24-2021

About the Artist

Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Wadsworth Jarrell was born in Albany, GA. He earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Howard University, Washington, DC.

Jarrell was active in Chicago's Organization...

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Precious Treasures: Cultivate Them


Offset Lithograph




29.25" x 21.75"

Edition Size

100 prints in this edition


Robert "Bob" Franklin


Brandywine Workshop and Archives


Philadelphia, PA