Sam Gilliam, “Swing Sketch” (1968) - Once the public got word of Gilliam’s draped canvas works, he became the center of attention in the art world. The draped canvas was a major innovation to painting as an art form; by adding a third dimension to it, the painting gained sculpture like qualities where it could be interpreted from different angles. In the 1970’s, he strayed away from draped paintings and transitioned into what he called “Black Paintings” which were in shades of black. Influenced by jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Gilliam began to draw more from his African heritage and childhood experiences. His other series included quilted paintings that were also from his African culture. Today, on top of creation, Gilliam spends his time teaching, conducting workshops, and traveling the world with his wife.