Winfred Rembert Self Portrait, (1997) Dye on carved and tooled leather 32 x 20 ½ inches. Private Collection Chain Gang Winfred: My first chain gang self-portrait. I must admit that I got a mean look on my face because I wanted to appear mean and hard to deal with, even though deep down inside I thought I was a pretty good guy.
Winfred Rembert. His intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, preserve an important, often disturbing, chapter of American history. Images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful, not just because he lived every moment, but because he experienced so much of the injustice and bigotry shown as recently as the 1960's and 1970's.
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Winfred Rembert is an African American artist who hand-tools and paints on leather canvases. Rembert grew up in Cuthbert, Georgia, where he spent much of his childhood laboring in the cotton fields. He was arrested during a civil rights march.