John Biggers was an accomplished draftsman, printmaker, and visual storyteller. Family Ark is a grand story divided into three sections, a triptych, that Biggers designed to be shown all together, with the center panel on its own, or with the side panels paired together. Elements of symmetry, geometry, and patter 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 (known 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 the Artist:
"The side panels fit together to form a diptych (two panels). The leopard in the left panel stands with a ceremonial seat fit for royalty on its back. An elephant stands in the right panel. In African mythology, animals are often given exaggerated human traits, some good and some not. One of the animals here is associated with courage and ferocity while the other one possesses dignity, wisdom, and patience"
Born in Gastonia, NC, printmaker and muralist John Biggers earned a BFA, MFA, and PhD from Pennsylvania State University. In 1949, Biggers founded what is now the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Southern University, Houston. He i...Read More ⟶