African American Struggle

Paintings, Sculptures, Publications


Cleveland-based Artist Louis Bernard Burroughs produces art that reflects the history, struggles, and aspirations of African Americans.  He works with associates in a studio in the Art District of the City of Cleveland doing sculptures and paintings.  He has also authored a book  "The Middle Passage: The Artistic Life of Lawrence Baker."

Nine-One-One, 2018 (Oil on Canvas, 8' x15')


The attack occurred September 11, 2001, and the resulting terror and loss of life reminded me of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1966 with the injuring and death of innocent black children. The dynamiting of the church is a painting that I’ve tried to force upon a canvas, but the trauma is still present to such an incredible degree that it will not materialize in the style that I make art. However, this Nine-One-One painting as a symbol of destruction and hatred metastasized, and worthy subject matter in its own right, was not the painting I really wanted to make.