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Jackson Lee Nesbitt Art

American, 1913-2008

The catalog raisonne Jackson Lee Nesbitt / The Graphic Work was compiled by Earl Retif and Ann Salzer and published by Stone and PressJackson Lee Nesbitt, a noted printmaker and painter of the American Scene, dedicated his artistic career to the portrayal of ordinary people going about the business of their lives. Born in McAlester, Oklahoma, on June 16, 1913, Nesbitt created scenes from the Midwest
He attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he learned etching from John deMartelly, attended Ross Braught's painting class, and met his future wife, Elaine Thompson, who was a costume design student. Thomas Hart Benton, who joined the faculty in the fall of 1935, quickly became a close friend and mentor to the younger artist. In 1937 Sheffield Steel contacted deMartelly concerning an etching commission and his teacher suggested him for the job. He was commissioned to create a series of etchings illustrating different phases of the steel industry. The commission launched Nesbitt's career as a professional artist. The commission with Sheffield Steel Corporation provided the financial security that enabled Jack and Elaine Nesbitt to marry on June 1, 1938.

He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and working as a freelance artist, Nesbitt augmented his commissioned work with genre scenes of the Midwest. He routinely went with Benton on sketching trips to rural Arkansas. The landscape and people of the Ozarks often appear in the finished work of both artists. Associated American Artists selected one of his etchings, Watering Place, for an edition of 250 prints that were sold through subscription. Having a print published by AAA ensured national distribution. He was awarded the Eames Prize by the Society of American Etchers in 1946, and his work was included in the book American Prize Prints of the Twentieth Century, by Albert Reese. Nesbitt taught etching (1949-1951) at the Kansas City Art Institute.

In 1984 Norman and June Kraeft, (June 1 Gallery) were leading the revival of interest in early-twentieth-century American prints and convinced Nesbitt to return to printmaking. Due to problems with eyesight Nesbitt turned to lithography. From 1988 until 1993, Nesbitt created six lithographs. Five of the prints are composite images based on sketches, people, and memories of Nesbitt's life in the Midwest. Nesbitt's work is found in numerous museums and collections around the nation. His work may be found in Georgia at the Columbus Museum in Columbus and at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta. Other institutions housing his prints and paintings include the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts; Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio; Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee; Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia; and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Nesbitt died near Atlanta, on February 20, 2008.

(Biography provided by Stone and Press Gallery)
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sketch of man with pipe and woman with purse
By Jackson Lee Nesbitt
Located in New Orleans, LA
A pencil drawing of a man with a pipe and a woman holding a purse. Nesbitt made numerous pencil sketches as he created his late rural lithographs. While these images are not finished...
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1990s American Modern Jackson Lee Nesbitt Art

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Salisbury Road Near Independence Missouri Off Hwy 24 (near Truman Library)
By Jackson Lee Nesbitt
Located in New Orleans, LA
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1930s American Modern Jackson Lee Nesbitt Art

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Three Men Changing a Wheel
By Jackson Lee Nesbitt
Located in New Orleans, LA
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Statue of Young Boy in Fountain on the Plaza
By Jackson Lee Nesbitt
Located in New Orleans, LA
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Three Trees (original pencil drawing of southern landscape)
By Jackson Lee Nesbitt
Located in New Orleans, LA
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Blind Beggar (pencil drawing made on streets of Kansas City in Depression)
By Jackson Lee Nesbitt
Located in New Orleans, LA
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Houston Mill
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Old Chris (Portrait of a model who came to the Kansas City Art Institute in '41)
By Jackson Lee Nesbitt
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The Matthew W. Johnston Family (a Black family worshipping together)
By Jackson Lee Nesbitt
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Jackson Lee Nesbitt created this loving portrait of a black family at church. The woman in the composition had worked for Nesbitt's mother in Oklahoma. The child is her daughter. T...
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Jackson Lee Nesbitt / Self Portrait
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Calhoun Street (a bass violinist walking in Atlanta near Georgia Tech)
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Charging Molten Metal (Sheffield Steel, Kansas City / Americans at work)
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American steelworkers watch molten ore being poured in this 1930s Sheffield Steel industrial plant in Kansas City. This image is unique as it is from the artist's private collection...
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Ozark Farmer (A poor Arkansas blacksmith is shown in his kingdom of poverty)
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"Ozark Farmer" marked the beginning of Nesbitt's second career in art after an hiatus caused by the abstract expressionist movement. Nesbitt met this blacksmith farmer on a trip thr...
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Watering Place (Scene was drawn while fishing along Illinois River in Oklahoma)
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"Feeding the Furnace"
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