Late Vernon C. Lawhorn 1948-1996
Vernon Charles Lawhorn was suddenly taken from this life at the
young age of 48 on August 23rd 1996.
The parable that best describes the vibrant work of this African
Heritage artist is "Diversity." Through the skillful and creative
use of pencil, acrylics and oils, Vernon brought life to his subjects
in the most extraordinary cultural way ever.
was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and was the son of a Baptist
Minister. He excelled in art from a very early age, and later went
on to graduate from the University of New Mexico with a B.F.A. degree
after receiving a scholarship in both art and track. Vernon's 26
year professional life was filled with a multitude of accomplishments,
such as: California Art Council Award for creating six building
size murals in Vallejo, California in 1980, creation and publication
of Black History material for schools and colleges, one man shows
for museums, galleries, and group exhibitions. His art has graced
the sets of the television and movie industry over the last decade,
and received recognition and numerous awards, while his paintings
and drawings adorn the walls of entertainers and celebrities.
charismatic, gifted, personable, kindly man touched the lives of
many; from the young offenders at Juvenile Hall, who society had
given up on, to up and coming artists that were inspired by his
gracious caring, to his peers in the art world from coast to coast.
the intense mastery of colors, paint and pencil you will see memorable
moments of art imitating life; from the tender young Masai
boy sleeping with a lion cub, to the dignified power of African
nobility, to the stunning and creative "Africa
Moves in Black and White." Vernon has created moments that have,
and will continue to stand the test of time. Moments that have captured
the minds and souls of traditional and ancient Africa. Go back centuries
and remember the jungle sounds, adventurous moments, and everlasting
civilizations, and you have remembered the art of Vernon C. Lawhorn.
was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and in 1974 created
one of the first representations of The Founding Fathers in art
Vernonís soulmate of 18 years, and wife of ten, is the extension
of his unfulfilled dreams and aspirations. Vernon lives through
Jane with the legacy he leaves behind.
The Late Vernon C. Lawhorn