Ernest White

Ernest White made contemporary drawings of Afro-American men ad women riding the New York City subway. The drawings show a draftsmanship and empathy for the people he portrayed. I have nineteen of these charcoal sketches and it’s unknown if more exist. Research on the web about Ernest White, an artist who I surmise did these drawings in the 1970s or 80s, came to nothing. The sketches were done on fragile newsprint but each was carefully attached to a heavy paper board and covered with a plastic sheet for preservation. I found them amid the work of my uncle, Joseph O’Brien, who living in New York City, may have met the artist.

I hesitate to put a price on each drawing and strongly feel they should remain a set. Each drawing is powerful not only for its artistic skill, but kept as a collection the drawings augment each other and express a time and a place. For all inquiries please contact me at Gerwick Paintings