About the Artist
Born in 1920 in Exuma, Amos Ferguson currently lives in Nassau,
Bahamas. Ferguson grew up in Exuma where he attended school until
the age of 14. He then worked with his father on their farm (his
father was also a carpenter and preacher) until he left for Nassau.
Although Ferguson enjoyed drawing in school, it wasn't until he
was in his forties that he began to paint. He recognizes his artistic
talent as a gift from God and explains, "... To paint, the
Lord gives a vision, a sight that you goes by. But you have to see
and check that Bible and don't forget God. And the more you keeps
up with your Bible, and get the understanding, the better you paint."
One-person Exhibitions: Popularis (Gallery), San Antonio, 1989;
Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1988; Amos Ferguson,
Alexander Gallery, Atlanta, 1985; Paint by Mr. Amos Ferguson, Wadsworth
Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1985 (tour).
Collections: Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn, New York; DuSable
Museum of African-American History, Inc., Chicago; Museum of International
Folk Art, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; The Studio Museum in Harlem,
New York City; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Waterloo
Municipal Galleries, Waterloo, Iowa; private collections.