Malcolm Arnett (1905-1992)

Malcolm Arnett

color woodcut
signed, l.r.
titled, l.l.
rice paper
4 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches (image)
6 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (frame)


Malcolm Arnett was born in Cairo, Illinois, but lived and worked in Henderson, Kentucky. He studied with Thomas Hart Benton and, along with Wallace Kelly of Lebanon, created some of the best WPA-era images of life in Kentucky.

This image was used for the cover of his 1982 book Landmarks: 40 Prints from 40 Years of Printmaking. It is a depiction of a church in Cairo, Kentucky. Arnett is one of the artists featured in Black and White: Kentucky Prints and Printmakers from the Collection of Warren and Julie Payne.