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The 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.

Vernon 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.

This 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.

From 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.

Vernon was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and in 1974 created one of the first representations of The Founding Fathers in art form.

Jane, 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

Lawhorn Art - (661) 267-1244