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Art of South Carolina

Leo Twiggs

Leo Twiggs (batik artist) is a leading African-American artist of the post-1945 generation, well known internationally for his pioneering work in the application of the batik process in contemporary art.  Raised in St. Stephen, South Carolina, he uses amorphous figures in an often-muted palette to portray a range of themes, from race relations to family bonds.  Twiggs has been featured in 75 one-man shows, television documentaries and textbooks, and exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the American Craft Museum.  In 2002, he was selected to design an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. Twiggs is professor emeritus at South Carolina State University, where he developed the school’s art department and Stanback Museum.


 High Cotton Down Home Blues
batik on cotton
28" x 32"


batik on cotton
13" x 18"

Flag with Cow
batik on cotton
24" x 24"


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