Emory Douglas was born May 24th, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been a resident of the San Francisco California Bay Area since 1951. Douglas attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in commercial art. He was politically involved as Revolutionary Artist and then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party, from February,1967 until the Early 1980’s. Douglas’s art and design concepts were always seen on the front and back pages of the Black Panther Newspaper, reflecting the politics of the Black Panther Party and the concerns of the community.
Offering a retrospective:
Douglas’s work has been displayed at the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, in Sydney Australia.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles California, October, 2007-February2008.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
The African American Art & Cultural Complex, in San Francisco, CA.
The Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston TX.
A retrospective of Douglas’s art work was published in the 2008 June/July volume of Art in America. PRINT Magazine, American Legacy Magazine and the American Institute of Public Arts.
A retrospective of Douglas’s graphic artwork is published In 2007 titled: “Black Panther, The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas” it provides a comprehensive collection of Douglas’s graphics Form the 1960’s, 70’s.
The “FATHERS LOVE” graphic is a deeply felt visual acknowledgement for the patients and tolerance that many young FATHERS have for their children whether they be the biological parent, extended family parent or a mentor to the child. The graphic concept is something I played with off and on over some extended periods of time doing a few pen and ink line art drawings of the graphic sometimes applying colored markers, watercolor paints or color pencil applications to the ink drawings until the published version of the graphic you see now that I also remixed as a black and white line ink drawing that I played with in photoshop on my computer integrating the background pattern into the graphic and creating the art color scheme you see.