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Josh Gibson Children's Book Illustration - Original Painting by Jim Burke
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,200
Original oil-on-board painting, titled Josh Gibson, used as a full-page interior illustration for the children's book When Thunder Comes - Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2013). Signed by the artist in the lower right. The painting features Gibson holding a bat over his shoulder as a member of the Homestead Grays.
When Thunder Comes - Poems for Civil Rights Leaders is a lavishly illustrated book intended for young readers that chronicles the lives of civil rights figures through poetry and pictures. Jim Burke was one of five contributing artists to the book. Along with his painting of Josh Gibson, Burke is also credited with the illustrations of Nelson Mandela and the three civil rights workers who were killed in Mississippi in 1964, with the latter illustration also used for the jacket cover. The painting (24 x 30 inches) is in Mint condition and has been framed to total dimensions of 25 x 31 inches.
Jim Burke is one of America's most accomplished children's book illustrators. His instantly recognizable work has been featured in many popular modern children's classics, including the highly regarded All Star! - Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever, written by Jane Yolen (Philomel Books, New York, 2010) and Take Me Out to the Ballgame, which he also authored (Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2006). Jim Burke's artwork was shown in the Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition 2008 in London, and in the Society of Illustrators' Icons & Images: 50 Years of Illustration. He is a Gold Medal recipient from both the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of American Illustration, and has had five of his books honored at the Original Art Show (NYC). Burke taught at Pratt Institute and Syracuse University, and has lectured at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and National Baseball Hall of Fame, among others. He is currently the Illustration Chair at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. A copy of When Thunder Comes - Poems for Civil Rights Leaders, signed by Jim Burke, accompanies the painting. SOLD FOR $1,200
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