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Clarence Charles Bullock

Calvary Cemetery
Section 23, Block 23, Lot 18, Space S
(April 10th, 1937- July 8th, 2010)

 Clarence Charles Bullock picture

A Norfolk native, Clarence Charles Bullock was born in 1937 to Clarence Cornelius Bullock, a navy pipefitter, and his wife Susie. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1958, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from North Carolina A&T State University and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was an accomplished artist who achieved world-wide acclaim for his work. He favored the use of a palette knife over a brush. ┬áHis paintings have been featured in many galleries and exhibits. He also painted a number of murals for churches and homes. In 1963, he presented a portrait of John F. Kennedy to JFK himself in the east wing of the White House. In 1972, he received the Philadelphia Human Rights Award for his painting featuring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington D.C. entitled, "He is Still Watching Us". These two portraits are registered with the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, along with his portraits of President Jimmy Carter, Pablo Picasso, and Senator Sam Ervin. He also wrote 3 books: an autobiography, "Born Again", and "Bullock the Artist". Bullock was a fervent supporter of the civil rights movement, and much of his work deals with this theme.

In addition to his artistic accomplishments, he had a long career in education. For 37 years, he was an art teacher for the Philadelphia Public School System. He taught at Stoddart-Fleisher Junior High, Shoemaker Jr. High, Daniel Boone, Logan Elementary and Guion Bluford Elementary School. He was married to Lessie Moore. The couple later divorced. They had one daughter, Calandra.

Meeting With Mr. Kennedy: That's Artist's Goal
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Dec 15, 1962;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. B17

Norfolkian Slated To Present Kennedy Portrait July 31st
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Jul 27, 1963;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. C1

Clarence C. Bullock, 73, painter, art teacher
July 23, 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer
Sally A. Downey

Painter Enjoys Fame In World Of Fine Art
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Jan 14, 1981;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. 12

Photo Standalone 3 -- No Title
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Jun 6, 1990;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. 3

Award Winner
New Journal and Guide (1921-2003); Mar 18, 1972;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. A4

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

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