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Ira Watkins: Hidden Gems

Presented by George Lawson Gallery and First Tuesday ArtWalk at George Lawson Gallery, Mill Valley CA

Nov 20 2019
Dec 22 2019
Ira Watkins: Hidden Gems

Exhibition of painter Ira Watkins at George Lawson Gallery

Opening Reception:
* Thursday, Nov 21, 5:30–7:30 pm

First Tuesday ArtWalk:
* December 3, 5:30–7:30 pm

Art Talk with George Lawson:
* Saturday, December 7, 4:00 pm

Exhibit Dates:  Nov 20–Dec 22

[Pictured: Mrs. Taylor, 2014, acrylic on board, framed, 16 x 20 in (detail)]

Painter Ira Watkins (American, b. 1941) is largely self-taught. Watkins has drawn over a 40-year career on themes of the African-American experience, notably the Bay Area community that migrated from the South during WWII to find work in the shipyards.

His’ iconic depiction of the people, places, and events that have touched his life has helped to reshape the commonly held narrative of Black America, while his straight-forward paint handling has helped bridge the gap between 15th-century European art forms and current painting modes. Watkins has been described as “flipping the script”, both on traditionally held white social hierarchies and on contemporary art iconographies.

Watkins’ exhibition history includes over 30 gallery and museum shows. His paintings on canvas and board have been exhibited in the Asian Art Museum, The Tenderloin Museum, and the University of California, along with a number of mural projects from San Francisco to Waco, where January 17th is officially designated as Ira Watkins Day in honor of his mural of Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. He is currently artist-in-residence at San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point Shipyard.


Free admission

Contact: (415) 531-0348


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Additional time info:

Opening Reception:  Thursday, Nov 21, 5:30-7:30 pm

First Tuesday ArtWalk:  December 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Art Talk with George Lawson:  Saturday, December 7, 4:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
Wed–Sat:  11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday:  12:00 noon – 4:00 pm


  • Smokie’s Place, 2001, oil on canvas, framed, 25 x 20 in


George Lawson Gallery

18 E Blithedale Ave #12, Mill Valley, CA 94941


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