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Feels Like Freedom: Phillip J. Hampton (1922-2016)

Feels Like Freedom: Phillip J. Hampton (1922-2016)

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This publication considers the incredible career of American painter Phillip J. Hampton (1922-2016), an artist long overdue for continued research and recognition. For 17 years, between 1952 and 1969, Hampton served as an influential visual arts professor and eventual department head at Savannah State College, today known as Savannah State University. He was instrumental in building and expanding a developing arts program and planned arts festivals, taught art appreciation workshops, and organized exhibitions including the first exhibition of African American art at the Telfair Academy in 1959. The book traces Hampton’s incredible and innovative artistic production from illustrative realism to abstract experimentation. Beginning with his social realist drawings and paintings created in Savannah, readers will be captivated by the artist’s creative evolution toward the freedom and self-discovery he found in abstraction. Published on the occasion of Telfair’s full-career retrospective of his work, this publication provides context to Hampton's life and artistic career.

151 pages with full-color plates

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