Albert Wells (North Carolina 1918 - 2001)

Albert Wells, an African American painter known for his humble landscapes of the rural south, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was publicly educated. Wells later left Charlotte to study under Hale Woodruff at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he was influenced by Woodruff’s swirling rhythmic style. Throughout the 1940s Wells’ work was exhibited alongside that of Aaron Douglass, Fred Jones, Hale Woodruff and other prominent artists at the most historic and competitive African American exhibitions. Wells was a key member of a select group of African American artists including Douglas and Woodruff whose landscapes of southern poverty, often featuring shanties, shacks and outhouses, earned them the title of “The Outhouse School” by critics. Also of historical note, Wells assisted Hale Woodruff in the production of his master works, The Amistad Murals, a depression era trilogy depicting the circumstances of the slave revolt aboard the Spanish ship, La Amistad. The mutiny and ensuing trial, which resulted in the slaves’ acquittal, was a pivotal human rights event and remains an important symbol in the movement to abolish slavery. 

Studied
Morehouse College with Hale Woodruff

Exhibited
Atlanta University  1942, 1944
Institute of Modern Art, Boston, 1943 
American Negro Exposition, Chicago, 1940  
Dillard University, New Orleans, 1941
Smith College, Massachusetts, 1943
Atlanta Annual Exhibition 1942

References
Harley, Checklist of African American Artists
Locke, The Negro in Art
Tanner Galleries, Art of the American Negro
Dillard University, Arts Festival 1941 Catalog
Cederholm, Afro-American Artists

Educated
Chicago Public Schools
Gary, Indiana Public Schools