Gwen Knight-Lawrence

About the Print

A portrait of a mother laying in recline with her child. The bed consist of several shades of green and trims of red and white. The tone of the print maintains an overall warm feeling of familiarity.

Gwen Knight-Lawrence

Born May 26, 1913 in Bridgetown, Barbados
Died February 18, 2005 in Seattle, WA
About the Artist

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

Curriculum Connections

Suggested Topics for Portraiture (in studio art and art history education), Visual Narratives, and Expressive Writing

Portraiture (in studio art and art history education), Visual Narratives, Expressive Writing:

The use of words or a combination of words, symbols, and human images to convey deeply felt emotions.

Questions to Consider

Creative people — artists, musicians, dancers, and writers — often create new works bearing witness to the death of a loved one, especially when it is a tragic death or the result of a catastrophic event like an environmental or health disaster such as COVID-19.