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Herbert Singleton Portrait

Herbert Singleton

New Orleans, Louisiana 1945

New Orleans, Louisiana 2007

Active in:

  • Algiers, Louisiana

Photo Caption:
Originally photographed by Chuck Rosenak. Image is courtesy of the Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, 1990-1999, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Luce Artist Quote

"When the river was low, I would find a plank of wood to carve. I would look at it and wonder if someone's house and life fell apart." Herbert Singleton, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990

Luce Artist Biography

Herbert Singleton was born in the New Orleans district of Algiers. His art drew heavily on life in an inner-city neighborhood and addressed, comprehensively, themes of racial injustice and the rich African American cultural traditions of his region. Singleton started carving in the 1970s, making canes and relief carvings on old doors, cabinets, and driftwood.