Ezekiel Gibbs, (1889-1992) lived most of his life around the Houston area. He lost both of his parents before he was six years old. He never received a formal education, but lived life as a sharecropper and strong in religion. He served for more than 50 years as deacon in Vernon Missionary Baptist church. He loved his family, friends, animals, farming and gardening. Gibbs did not start doing art until he was 83 at the Senior Citizens Center. His wife had passed and he started to revisit all of the memories of his life through painting. His work is reminiscent of Marc Chagall's in the dream like quality and with floating memories executed in watercolors and crayons.
Ezekiel was at one time the oldest living and working artist in Texas.
We tried to meet Mr. Gibbs, but were never successful at catching him home. I am sure that he was just as sweet as he looked. He left behind a beautiful journal of his life in his paintings.