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Jack Whitehead

Horse | 48″ x 48″ | Oil on canvas

Artist Statement 

In the last 10 years of photographer Jack Whitehead’s life he put aside his cameras and devoted himself to producing over 350 paintings on 4 x 4’ sheets of Masonite. Utilizing his memories, vast imagination , And the lush Floridian landscape for inspiration, he finally achieved his lifelong dream of being an artist.

Fearing the lack of financial security had he followed his heart, he instead became a highly successful commercial photographer for both the fashion and automotive industries. This success allowed him to move to Florida after he was diagnosed with kidney failure to fulfill his dream. The world is better off for it… Because he left behind such beautiful paintings, stunning examples of American impressionism, canvases Filled with delight, whimsy, and a depth of perception that belied both His age and health.

“He was a marvel”.– Written by Jon Strand.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Collected Detroit
Galerie Camille

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.