Accession Number


Sam Mackey

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1977-1992

Medium & Support
crayon and graphite on paper

17 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in (44.45 cm x 29.21 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of H. David Zucca

Subject matter
In this drawing, Mackey depicts a centralized figure, a common theme in much of his artwork. As in this work, his art is often characterized by energetic lines and bright colors. The Detroit-based artist was self-taught and provided inspiration and guidance for his grandson, Detroit artist Tyree Guyton. 

Physical Description
At the center of the drawing is a woman, drawn in pencil. There is an orange edge on the left side, with light blue crayon colored overall. The woman has dark circles for cheeks, in pencil, and is wearing a shirt and skirt. Created on reused paper, the paper is glossy on the back and matte on the front.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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crayons (drawing material)
line drawings (drawings)
self-taught artists
women (female humans)

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Detroit-Area Artists
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