Arizona Solar Rays

Eugene Grigsby, Jr.

Arizona Solar Rays, Paintings by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
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Savvy Price $12,000.00
Gallery Price $13,500.00
Arizona Solar Rays
Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
Oil on canvas
Canvas size
21" height X 35" width
Painted wood molding
Frame size
23 1/4" height X 38" width
"Grigsby" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation
About The Arizona Solar Rays

Arizona Solar Rays is illustrated on page 14 in full color in Grigsby's exhibition catalogue for his 65 years retrospective.

The range of his artist is quite impressive!  Grigsby's early work had a regionalist ring to it, looking at one of his more famous compositions called Atlanta Shacks.  Arizona Solar Rays demonstrates his ability to reach out successfully into the realm of abstraction, harnessing colors that are in keeping with our relentless heat. The angles are intended to hint at the dynamic nature of our desertscapes.

About Eugene Grigsby, Jr.

(1918-2013) Celebrated artist, writer and educator Jefferson Eugene Grigsby was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Grigsby first discovered his love for art after his family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina when he was nine years old.

Grigsby went on to obtain his B.A. degree from Morehouse College, his M.A. degree in art from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from New York University. In 1933, Grigsby attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Within a year, Grigsby transferred to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he first met his long time mentor, Hale Woodruff. Under Woodruff's tutelage, Grigsby graduated from Morehouse College in 1938 equipped with extensive artistic experience that he would retain throughout his life.

In 1942, Grigsby volunteered to serve in World War II and became a master sergeant of the 573rd Ordinance Ammunition Company under U.S. Army General George Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. In 1943, Grigsby married Rosalyn Thomasena Marshall, a high school biology teacher and social activist.

Three years later, at the invitation of the school's principal, W.A. Robinson, Grigsby began working at Carver High School as an art teacher. After the closing of the school in 1954, Grigsby began working at Phoenix Union High School where he remained until 1966.

In 1938 Grigsby's work was included in the 2nd Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro held at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. One man shows have included the Hewitt Gallery in New York City and the Wirsham Art Gallery in Luxemburg.  

In 1958, Grigsby was selected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to represent the United States as an art teacher at the Children's Creative Center at the Brussels World Fair. This experience inspired Grigsby to initiate a number of art programs in community centers, housing projects and day care centers in the Phoenix area. Grigsby began teaching at the university level in 1966, working at the School of Art at Arizona State University until 1988. During this time, Grigsby published Art and Ethics: Background for Teaching Youth in a Pluralistic Society, the first book ever written for art teachers by an African American artist and author.

In 2001, The Art of Eugene Grigsby Jr.: A 65 Year Retrospective was featured at the Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibit featured insightful commentary of Grigsby's life and influence on the art and education world by his many colleagues, friends and family. Grigsby served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the National Art Education Association, the Committee on Minority Concerns and Artists of the Black Community/Arizona. Grigsby has also been awarded numerous times for his outstanding work, including the Arizona Governor's "Tostenrud" Art Award and the NAACP's Man of the Year Award.

The Jean and Robert Steele collection consisting of 227 works of art by 120 African American artists was gifted to the University of Maryland. These works on paper were assembled over almost four decades. A print by Dr. Grisby was among those donated. Dr. Grigsby's work is also included in the Library of Congress, the Cape Coast Museum in West Africa, Philadelphia's Brandywine Workshop and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Dr. Grigsby left us June 9, 2013, we are sad to report.

Other Works By Eugene Grigsby, Jr.:
  • Kuba Dancers, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • The Family, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • Yemenja's Eden, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • Yemanje Calms the Waters, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • Enchantress, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • Congregation II, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • 1992 Christmas Card, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • Bride, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • Circle of Fire, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • Seasons Greetings from the Grigsby's, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • Congregation Roman Numeral II, Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.
  • No Vacancy , Prints by Eugene Grigsby, Jr.

Arizona, USA, African & African American




Non Objective, Contemporary


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