Artists

Philip Simmons, nationally acclaimed blacksmith

Philip Simmons, nationally acclaimed Charlestonÿ blacksmith. Courtesy of SCPRT.

Meet historical and contemporary painters, folk artists, architects, and other artists who have worked and lived in South Carolina.

Be sure to also check out the South Carolina Art page for more about art styles and folk art.

Early South Carolina Artists

These artists lived and worked in our state before the Civil War.

  • Henrietta Johnston (unknown-1729)
    The first female professional artist in America
  • Charles Fraser (1782-1860)
    Charleston artist who created over 500 miniature portrait paintings
  • Maria Martin Bachman (1796-1863)
    19th century natural history painter who worked with John Audubon
  • Dave the Potter (about 1801- about 1870s)
    A slave from Edgefield who engraved short poems on his stoneware pottery

Painters

Meet painters from several generations and from around the state.

Metalsmiths

Metalsmiths work with iron and other metals to create their art.

Jasper Johns (1930- )

Jasper Johns grew up in Allendale, SC and has become an influential contemporary artist. He often uses symbols such as numbers, the US flag, and maps in his works.