The following was compiled and written by Perryman Collins:
Reverend Johnnie Swearingen was born August 27, 1908 in a rural African American community outside of Chappell Hill, in Washington County, Texas
He died January 14, 1993 in Brenham, Texas
He painted at his home in Brenham, Texas
He is best known for his often colorful primitive oil paintings of rural Texas landscape encompassing the people who lived and worked there.
His style of work can best be described as primitive realism.
Worked early on with just about any pigmented material he could find. Later, he was to work entirely in oil paint.
His work is in the permanent public collection
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