John “Jack” Savitsky

1910–1991, American


John Savitsky was born in New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and began working in the coal mines at a very early age. He continued working in the mines for thirty-five years, until 1960, when black lung disease forced him to retire. In retirement, Savitsky began painting and drawing images from his years in the mining industry. His work consists of bold, heavy lines filled with broad areas of unmixed colors. Savitsky continued to make his art until his death in 1991.

Portfolio of Work

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Coal Picking Annie and Breaker Boy Johnny

Oil on board


Breaker Boy with His Dog, n.d.

Watercolor and pencil on paper


Donated to the Milwaukee Art Museum