Amos Ferguson

Born in 1920 in Exuma, The Bahamas, Amos Ferguson said he recognized his artistic talent as a gift from God. Ferguson grew up in Exuma where he attended school until the age of 14. He then worked with his father on their farm (his father was also a carpenter and preacher) until he left for Nassau.

Although Ferguson enjoyed drawing in school, it wasn’t until in his forties that he began to paint. He recognizes his artistic talent as a gift from God and explains, “… To paint, the Lord gives a vision, a sight that you go by. But you have to see and check the Bible and don’t forget God. And the more you keep up with your Bible, and get the understanding, the better you paint.”

One-person Exhibitions: Popularis (Gallery), San Antonio, 1989; Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1988; Amos Ferguson, Alexander Gallery, Atlanta, 1985; Paint by Mr. Amos Ferguson, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1985 (tour).

Collections: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, New York; DuSable Museum of African-American History, Inc., Chicago; Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Waterloo Municipal Galleries, Waterloo, Iowa; private collections.

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