Greg Ridley (a.k.a. Gregory D. Ridley Jr., Tennessee, 1925-2004) hand hammered copper plaque depicting a young woman attired in Renaissance style clothing. Impressed signature lower right. Housed in a simple wood frame. Sight – 15 1/2" H x 7" W. Framed- 17" H x 9" W. 20th century. Biography: Greg Ridley was born in Smyrna, TN, and moved with his family to Nashville, TN in 1936. After his service in the US Navy during WWII, he earned a degree in art education from Tennessee State University, and went on to become the first African American to receive a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Louisville. Ridley also attended Fisk University (where he later worked), and where he studied under Aaron Douglas, the Harlem renaissance painter and muralist, who remained a close friend and mentor until his death in 1979. Ridley taught at various Southern universities as well as the City University of New York. One of his last and best known works was the creation of 80 copper panels for the Grand Reading Room of the Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: One faint area of discoloration, upper right skirt, otherwise overall very good condition.
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