Benny Andrews’s narrative paintings tell stories of social injustice. Inspired by his youth in the segregated American South, Andrews created a body of work showing scenes from the Civil Rights movement, American Indian relocation, antiwar protests, and other cultural struggles. He described himself as a “people’s painter". His political series show paintings of everyday people and moments, expressing aview of the human condition in times of conflict. He tried to express authentic emotion by using a painterly style like folk art, often incorporating collaged elements pulled from daily life. “I started working with collage because I found oil paint so sophisticated, and I didn’t want to lose my sense of rawness,” Andrews said.