American Artist (1923-2004)
'Believe and Worship'
Collage on paper dated 2003
9.5 x 10.5 in.
Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Museum
of Science and Industry; Chicago Historical
Society; Du Sable Museum of African American History, Chicago; Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, N.Y.; University of Illinois
Born in Chicago to a nightclub singer and jazz guitarist, Stringfellow spent his early years designing costumes and painting religious murals for local churches. Following his studies at the Art Institute of Milwaukee, he became part of the Southside Community Art Center, which was affiliated with the W.P.A. For many years, he exhibited his work alongside other major black Chicago artists in his own gallery, the Walls of Art.
Stringfellow was greatly inspired by the master artists, Romare Bearden, William S. Carter and Jacob Lawrence. Although he worked in all media, his primary focus was collage. His depictions of scenes from the black middle class in colorful patterns and innovative compositions, explore the importance of religious themes and family relationships in modern urban culture.