Artis Lane

All my life I have worked on three levels of consciousness:
Portraits, Social Injustice & Metaphysics
In my work I strive to heal, uplift and inspire viewers
and collectors to find perfection in their own being.

~Artis Lane

Band of Vices is pleased to offer 35 rare & original works on paper, many of them studies for larger projects, by one of the country’s most important portrait painters & sculptures of the 20th Century, Ms. Artis Lane. In addition, the gallery has six sculptures, five bronze & one plaster available. To request a digital catalogue of works available, click HERE.

Artis Lane was born Artis Marie Shreve in 1927, near an all Black village in North Buxton, Ontario, Canada. After three years of art college in Toronto, Canada, Artis moved to Detroit where she met her first husband, journalist and activist Bill Lane and they had one daughter. Artis Lane continued her training at Cranbrook Academy of Art.  While in the Motor City she painted and sculpted the portraits of many of the business and political leaders of the day; Governor George Romney, Ford family members and Coleman Young, the Mayor of Detroit. After her divorce, she was invited by Diahann Carroll to move from Detroit to come live in New York City.  She married her new husband, Vince Cannon, they spent time in Texas, Ruidoso, New Mexico and traveled to Mexico City, Mexico to paint many of the prominent families in the region. Eventually returning to Los Angeles where she has called the city home for over 50 years.  

Since her early prominence in Detroit, her portrait and sculpture work has depicted dignitaries like Jaqueline Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Gordon Getty, President Reagan, President Obama, First Ladies, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, Mrs. Walter Annenberg, Nancy Kissinger, including her most recent portrait commissioned by Academy Award winner, Jaime Fox. It’s an elegant painting of Oprah Winfrey, which was unveiled live on her show. Artis Lane has sculpted Don Cornelius, Quincy Jones, Lupita Nyong’o, Lena Horne, Stevie Wonder, and Magic Johnson, and many more.
In the 1970’s, social issues became the next focus of her work, which included “Tear on the Face of America”, her civil rights statement, and “The Beginning”, a now famous painting depicting a young Rosa Parks seated in the fateful bus. Artis was honored by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC during the installation of her bronze sculpture of civil rights leader and long time friend, Rosa Parks. In 1999, she was selected to execute and design the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Ms. Parks.

The new millennium brought new challenges and celebrations of her work. At the age of 80, Lane was commissioned to create a 12ft bronze of her “Emerging First Man.” The sculpture was created for an 1100 acre private estate community in Atlanta, GA. In 2007, she was honored by The California African American Museum with a retrospective of her life’s work which included almost 100 works of art.

In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled Lane’s bust of Abolitionist and Suffragette, Sojourner Truth, which was the first African American woman to be installed in the new Emancipation Hall and is now a part of the collection of the United States Capitol. 

Ms. Lane’s solo exhibit, “The Art of Artis Lane,” at the Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale, Ca., in 2011, brought a thought provoking retrospective of her art to the public including the “Divine Metaphysics” series.  Her bust of Arnett Hartsfield, Jr., Pioneering Firefighter & Activist, unveiled at The African American Firefighter Museum in Los Angeles in 2012. The California African American Museum in Los Angeles, mounted a retrospective exhibition entitled “A Woman’s Journey:  The Life and Work of Artis Lane” in 2007/2008 and subsequently honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Lane presented an official portrait of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, which was unveiled at City Hall by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014. All are merely a few of many such recognitions of her achievements over the decades. Lane’s HistoryMakers interview has made  a permanent part of the Library of Congress in “The HistoryMakers Collection” in 2014. Her Artwork is displayed around the world. “Revolution 2” at the Forest Lawn Museum, “The Artist Herself: at Queen’s College, Toronto, “Artis Lane” at the City Club in Los Angeles. 
The Nicholas Brothers Mural commissioned by California Artist Coalition of Los Angeles was unveiled at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in 2017.  Creative Souls Exhibition – African American Artists at Watts Tower Arts Center in Los Angeles in 2018. Sculpture of “Emerging “Africa Head”, displayed in the Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta. Ms. Lane is presently working on a Commission of a 10’ statute of “Emerging First Man” for Destination Crenshaw, and continuing at many other Exhibits and Events.
At 92 years young, Artis has been a constant presence at the openings of her artistic colleagues in the region.  As one of the honored “elders,” she provides encouragement and support for the younger African American artists who strive to use their own talents to express visions of social, ethical, and spiritual importance.  She is, in short, a force of nature whose life and work have graced both her native Canada and her adopted United States. 


2017 Nicholas Brothers Mural commissioned by California Artist Coalition of Los Angeles at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

2014 Lane’s History Makers interview is made a permanent part of the Library Of Congress in

The History Makers Collection

2014 Official Portrait of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled at City Hall by Mayor

Eric Garcetti

2013 Lane is presented with Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Caucus for Art. New

York City, New York

2011 The Art of Artis Lane , Solo Exhibition Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale, CA

2011 Lane’s bust of Arnett Hartsfield, Jr. Pioneering Firefighter & Activist, unveiled at The

African American Firefighter Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

2009 First Lady, Michelle Obama, Unveiled Lane’s Bust of Sojourner Truth, the sculpture was

installed in the United States Capitol

2009 Lane’s bust of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (Ms. Lane’s great, great aunt) an African

Canadian/American heroine was installed in Freedom Park in her hometown of Chatham, ON,


2009 Honorable Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa Unveils Ms. Lane’s Sculpture of

President Barack Obama

2008 Lane was honored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles with the

Dream of Los Angeles Award

2007 A Woman’s Journey: The Life and Work of Artis Lane, Retrospective, California African

American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, California African American Museum


2017 Nicholas Brothers Mural, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Arnett Hartsfield Bust, African American Firefighter Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Emerging First Man 12ft. bronze, Le Jardin Estates, Atlanta, GA

2005 Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett, bronze life size bust, Charles H. Wright

Museum of African American History

2000 Rosa Parks bronze portrait and three 12’ panels installation, Rosa Parks Memorial

5376 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 • • 323.480.4220 •

Library, Troy State University, Montgomery, AL


Rosa Parks Bust , bronze portrait, Smithsonian Institute National Portrait Gallery

Rosa Parks Congressional Medal of Honor Design , US Congress

Nelson Mandela Courage Award for TransAfrica Forum

Eugene McCabe and Randolph Guggenheim, plaque/bas relief, North General Hospital


2017 Emerging, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

2015 Artis Lane, City Club, Los Angeles, CA

2011 The Art of Artis Lane , Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale, CA

2007 A Woman’s Journey, Retrospective, California African American Museum

2003 The Artwork of Artis Lane , M. Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003 Emerging , G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL

2000 The Many Facets of Artis Lane, M. Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1997 Emerging Into Spirit , Satori Fine Art, Chicago, IL

1996 Emerging Spirit , Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Dallas, TX

1995 Emerging Into Spirit, Dilliard University, New Orleans, LA

1993 Emerging Into Spirit , Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA

1993 Emerging Into Spirit , Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1993 Two Dimensions of Artis Lane , Pyramid Gallery, Little Rock, AK

1989 Images by Artis Lane , M. Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1989 Artis Lane , Isobel Neal Gallery Ltd., Chicago, IL

1987 The Soul of Artis Lane , G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI

1984 Artis Lane: the Art , Brockman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2019 Deeply Detroit , Global Artists – Local Roots Collected Detroit, Detroit, MI

2018 Creative Souls, African American Artists, Watts Tower Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Constructing Identity, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

2016 Visual Voice, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2016 Reflections On The Self: Selections From the Permanent Collection, California African

American Museum

2016 Master Class: The Mid-Century Art And Influence of Jan and Maxine Kim Stussy,

Mendocino Art Center , Mendocino, CA

2015 The Artis Herself: Self Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists, Queens

University, Kingston, ON

2015 Revolutions 2, Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale, CA

2013 The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures Of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and

History Intersect, California African American Museum

2012 BAILA Con Duende, Watts Tower Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

2010 CAAM’s 7th + Fig Showcase arts>Brookfield Properties, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Collaborations: Two Decades of African American Art Hearne Fine Art, L.R, AK

2008 Daughters of the Diaspora , Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AK

2007 The Art of Feminine Form , Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AK

2007 In the Hands of African American Collectors DuSable Museum, Chicago, IL

2006 Black Masters of the 21 st Century II 626 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Degas & New Mexico Sculptors, Museum of Fine Arts New Mexico, NM

2005 Exploration in Bronze:15 Years 15 Artists, Thelma Harris Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

2004 White Linen Nights, Thelma Harris Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

2003 Masterpieces of African American Art: An African American Perspective, M.Hanks

Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2002 Just February: Works by African American Artists 1817-2002, Steve Turner Gallery, Los

Angeles, CA

2002 Prints by the Masters , M.Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2002 100 Executives , Joseph Bender Gallery, El Paso, TX

2001 Black and White , LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2001 Prints by the Masters , M.Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2001 20 th Century African American Icons, Series VI, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2000 People, Places and Things , LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2000 From The States, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC

1997 Emerging Into Spirit , Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

1996 Legends , Artists’ Salute to Black History Month, Pasadena, CA

1996 Southwest ’96, Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

1995 Inside Visions/Outside the Mainstream, Horwitch Lew Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1994 African American Representations of Masculinity, Museum of African American Art, Los

Angeles, CA

1994 Contemporary African American Artists, 1980-1994, National Arts Club, New York, NY

1994 Figurative Sculpture/Representational Painting, Magulies-Taplin Galleries, Miami, FL

1993 An American Renaissance , Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1992 Santa Monica, Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

1989 American Resources, Selected Works of African American Artists, Bernice Steinbaum

Gallery, New York, NY

1988 Affirmation , York Quay Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Present to Future Exhibitions

2019 Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections,

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

2019 Afrocosmologies: American Reflections, Muse Sculpture, Wadsworth Atheneum

Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

2020 Emerging First Man 12ft. bronze, Destination Crenshaw, Los Angeles, CA


Mr. & Mrs. Ted Arison, Carnival Cruise Lines

AT&T, Chicago, IL

Anheuser Busch

California African American Museum

City of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dilliard University, New Orleans, LA

Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Holloway, Continental Cruise Lines

Howard University, Washington DC

Motown Records Corporation

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC

National Council of Negro Women

United Negro College Fund

Mr. & Mrs. Sherwood Weiser, Continental Companies


Mr. & Mrs. Walter Annenberg

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Avant

Ms. Maya Angelou

President George & Barbara Bush

Ms. Diahann Carroll

Ms. Natalie Cole

Kephra & Susan Taylor Burns

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Clinton

Mr. Don Cornelius

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Cosby

Miles Davis Family

Mrs. Nancy Davis

Mr. Morgan Freeman

Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Getty

Mr. Cary Grant

Mr. Berry Gordy

Mr. & Mrs. Armand Hammer

Ms. Cathy Hughes

La Tonya & Samuel Jackson

Mr. Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Mr. Quincy Jones

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jordan

Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Kinsey

Mr. Henry Kissinger

Mr. Nelson Mandela

Mr. James G. Petrucci

Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Poitier

Mr. Lionel Richie

Mr. Steve Ross, Time Warner

Ms. Cicely Tyson

Ms. Oprah Winfrey

Mayor Coleman Young

Mr. & Mrs. James Worthy


Mrs. Walter Annenberg

Barbara Bush

Dyan Cannon

Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook

Sammy Davis Jr.

Mrs. Henry Ford II

Aretha Franklin

Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Getty

Mrs. George Getty II

Jennifer Grant

Dr. & Mrs. Armand Hammer

Audrey Hepburn

LaTonya & Samuel Jackson

Michael Jordan

President John F. Kennedy (for Frank Sinatra)

Mrs. Jaqueline Kennedy

Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Kinsey

Prof. Radford W. Logan

Mrs. Winnie Mandela and Mr. Nelson Mandela

Johnny Mathis

HIH Princess Ashraf Pahlavi

Mrs. Rosa Parks

Governor George Romney

Barbara Stanwyck

Mr. & Mrs. Sherwood Weiser

Prof. Charles H. Wesley

Ms. Oprah Winfrey

Mayor Coleman Young


Stevie Wonder, Don Cornelius Productions, Los Angeles, CA

Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder’s Mother), Los Angeles CA

Mary McLeod Bethune , National Council of Negro Women Building, Washington DC

Ms. Irene Dunne , St. John’s Hospital, Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Dorothy Height , National Council of Negro Women Building, Washington DC

Ervin “Magic” Johnson , private collection

Quincy Jones , private collection

Dr. Lewis Latimer , AT&T Collection

Marian O’Fallon Oldham , Library, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO

Rosa Parks , National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

Dr. Frederick D. Patterson for the United Negro College Fund

Mayor Coleman Young , Cobo Hall


Lifetime Achievement Award, Women’s Caucus for Art, New York, NY

Luminary Award, “Light, Learning and Liberty”, University of the West

Indies, Toronto Canada

Alain Locke International Art Award, Detroit Institute of Arts, Friends of

African and African American Art, Detroit, Michigan

Life Time Achievement Award, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Dream of Los Angeles Award, City of Los Angeles

Torch Award, Legacy Ladies, Los Angeles CA

Women For Women Award, ML King Jr. General Hospital Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Legends Award, Artists’ Salute to Black History/Barbara Wesson, Pasadena, CA

Museum of African American Art Award, Los Angeles, CA

State of Louisiana Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts

Women of Excellence Award, Chatham-Kent Family YMCA, Canada

Legacies Award, Black Students Alliance, Ontario College of Art & Design

We See You Awards, Sisters at the Well, Los Angeles, CA


University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Cranbrook Art Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Ontario College of Art, Ontario, Canada


The Kinsey Collection , KFA&E 2010

Distinctly Los Angeles, An African American Perspective, M. Hanks Gallery,

M. Hanks Gallery Press 2009

COLLABORATIONS, Two Decades of African American Art 1988-2008, Hearne Fine Art, Blue

Lotus Press, New York 2008

Studios and Workspaces of Black American Artists , Dennis L. Forbes, Forbes Press 2008

African American Art and Artists, Revised and Expanded Edition, Samella Lewis, University of

California Press, 2003

Artis Lane Seeks The Divine , Women In The Arts , Jeanette Lee, National Museum of Women In

The Arts, Fall 2000

Colleen Douglass, Artis Lane at M. Hanks Gallery, Our Times , Los Angeles Times, 2000

Marlena Donahue, Artis Lane , St. James Guide to Black Artists , edit. Thomas Riggs, St. James

Press, Detroit, 1997, p. 313

Afrique diaspora noire art Madagascar, Canada… Revue Noir , June 1997

Lindsay Davidson, Artis Lane Honored, Share Newspaper , Toronto, Canada, 1996