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 James Britton Gantt  (1911 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Missouri/Kansas      Known for: portrait, rural landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

A note from the artist's daughter, Briane Gantt Lawler:

Many reference books have my father's birth year as 1909, though he was actually born in 1911.  My mother had explained that because my father left home early in his life, he really did not know the year of his birth until he requested a copy of his birth certificate many years later.

He was going to create a series of murals for the Kansas City, Kansas City Hall auditorium and though there was much publicity (accompanied by images of my father's drawings) printed in the Kansas City Star newspaper, the murals in the end never materialized.

A local historian speculated the reason for this was because the political party in power objected to the labor images included in the murals.

birth certificate
newspaper clippings and cartoons about the planned murals.

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Kansas Free Fair Art Exhibition, 1936; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1938.

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Born Lawrence. Painter, specialized in rural landscape and murals. Studied at the Kansas City Art Institute with Thomas Hart Benton. Lived with his wife Hattie N. Gantt at 1005 N. 5th, Kansas City in 1936 and at 2006 N. 5th, Kansas City in 1938.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Wiebe, Joanna K. ?Kansans Cared About their New Deal Art?, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 21, 1972. p.1E & 7E-----. ?Local Legends Live in Art?, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 22, 1972. p.1A & 3A-----. ?Age Enhances Fort Scott Mural?, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 23, 1972. p.1A & 8A-----. ?Halstead Legend Perpetuated?, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 24, 1972. p.1A & 16A -----. ?Scenics, Murals and Lithographs Included in Kansas New Deal Art?, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 25, 1972. p.15A.; Kansas City Directory (1936; 1938; 1940; 1942) 1936, 1938; Midwestern Artists? Exhibition (Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942 Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art: The Story of an Art Movement in Kansas. s.l. Mines, 1979.) 1938; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 16, 2005.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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