Lawn Jockey Artworks
Art Narratives in Focus: Original paintings for sale of the iconic lawn jockey statue
One version of the lawn jockey was made legendary by the small sculptured statue in black face and with exaggerated black features. The hand of the lawn jockey sometimes carries a lantern or a metal ring suitable for hitching a horse. The various historical associations of the stature present a context worthy of pride and celebration in black history.
There is the story of the men who pointed the way to safe houses along the Underground Railroad from the South to Canada. There was the story of Tom ‘Jocko’ Graves “The Faithful Groomsman”, a 12-year-old black youth who served heroically with General George Washington at the time when Washington crossed the Delaware River to carry out his surprise attack on the British forces at Trenton, NJ.
The Lawn Jockey Boy series also recalls Monkey Simon, Charles Stewart, Wille Simms, Abe Hawkins, James "Wink" Winkfield, Tony Hamilton, William "Billy" Walker, Isaac Murphy, Olive Lewis, Shelby "Pike" Barnes, Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton, Willie Simms, James “Soup” Perkins, Babe Hurd, Erskine Henderson, and the many other black jockeys who pioneered America's first national sport of horseracing and dominated the first three decades of the Kentucky Derby. Black jockey boys won 8 of the first 16 Derbys and 15 of the first 28. Thrteen of the fifteen jockeys in 1875's inagural Derby were black, including the winning jockey, Oliver Lewis aboard his horse Aristides. Isaac Murphy became the first jockey to capture successive Kentucky Derbys in 1891 and the first to win a total of three. James “Wink” Winkfield won successive races in 1901 and again in 1902 on his horse Alan-a-Dale.
Paris based contemporary artist Ealy Mays' online art gallery presents a beautiful selection of figurative paintings, art narratives, and mixed media wall decor.