Artis Lane was born near an all Black village in North Buxton, Ontario, Canada. After three years of art college in Toronto, Canada, Artis Shreve Lane moved to Detroit to study at Cranbrooke Art Academy.  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 Colemean Young, the Mayor of Detroit. From Detroit she moved to New York City, spent time in Texas, Ruidoso, New Mexico and traveled to Mexico City, Mexico to paint many of the prominent families in the region. She eventually returned to Los Angeles where she has called the city home for over 35 years. 

Since her early prominence in Detroit her portrait work has depicted dignitaries like Jaqueline Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Gordon Getty, President Reagan, Oprah Winfrey and today both the First Lady and President Obama. 

“Social issues became the next focus of her work. She was honored by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC during the installation of her bronze portrait of civil rights leader and long time friend, Rosa Parks. In 1999 she was selected to design  the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Ms. Parks.” Marlina Donahue LA Times Art Critic 
 “My Civil Rights images led me naturally to ideas about what and who we are outside of race.  I went from there to the most important body of work, the metaphysical images of generic man and generic woman emerging out of the ignorance of material concepts and evolving into spiritual awareness.”                                                            
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“In the jaded 1990s, conceptual art rendered spiritual messages an artistic taboo.  Always ahead of her time, Lane has never veered from her subject matter, regardless of the vagaries of what happened to be “in” or “out.”  As the new century opened, Museum shows and reviews indicate that more and more artwork had begun to deal with questions plaguing us: who are we, why are we here, what does our spiritual life entail?  As this content inevitably comes to the fore, Lane’s work becomes more and more germane.  As we catch up to her profound vision, Lane will point the way to the future with work that addresses our highest selves.”  
Marlina Donahue LA Times Art Critic

These questions lead her to her Metaphysical work. She leaves the workings of the foundry: the gaiting material, ceramic shell mold, etc., (the “birthing” materials of the foundry), on the bronze to symbolize generic man emerging out of material thinking into spiritual consciousness.

She then shows the work in pairs… the traditional black patina bronze, with the ceramic shell pieces as a metaphor for the moralistic/materialistic conversations that mankind has wrestled with throughout eternity.

The new millennium brought new challenges and celebrations of her work. At the age of 80, Lane was commissioned to create a 12 ft 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. One of her latest creations was unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama, her bust of Abolitionist and Suffragette, Sojourner Truth. The bust has been installed in Emancipation Hall and is part of the collection of the United States Capitol.
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

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