Tilford New (ish) Works.

Bryan Lee Tilford has released three works from his archives that highlight the greatness of American boxer, Jack Johnson.

BLT - JackJohnsonSeries

1. The Champion, mixed media on canvas board, 18×24, 2011
2. The Pugilist, mixed media on canvas board, 12×16, 2011
3. Gentleman Jack, mixed media on canvas board, 12×16, 2011
(If you’d like to see these works individually, email us at BandofVices@gmail.com)
Nicknamed the “Galveson Giant”, Jack Johnson became the first African American heavyweight boxing champion, at the height of the Jim Crow era. Here, Tilford utilizes Johnson’s unapologetic stance as one of the greatest fighters, often uncompromising outside of the ring, as ruthless he as inside. Johnson went on to become one of the most dominant champions of his time, and remains a significant historical figure in heavyweight boxing history, with his 1910 fight against James L. Jeffries, being dubbed the “fight of the century.” Johnson was faced with much controversy when he was charged with violating the Mann Act in 1912, even though there was an obvious lack of evidence and the charge was largely racially based. In a documentary about his life, Ken Burns notes that “for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth”.

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