Detour Art creative discoveries along the backroads - page 8

Sweet mud and house paint — Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Jimmy Lee Sudduth March 10, 1910 – September 2, 2007 Fayette, AL Painter “I’m gonna be fay-mous, fay-mous!  I didn’t learn much in school—Just learned to write my name—Jim.  But I believe I’d rather be famous, than rich or smart.”  “I leave the drips so…

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‘Haint Right — Sulton Rogers

Taught wood carving by his father at age 13, Sulton Rogers’ fanciful figures were based on folks he met in his travels and animals inspired by his dreams. He worked for a number of years in Syracuse NY before he moved back to his hometown of Oxford.

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“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

Watts Towers – Sabatino (Simon, Sam) Rodia 1879–1965 Los Angeles, CA Mosaic environment Built: c. 1921-1954 “I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.”  – Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists, by …

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“God give me the vision. Let me come out of this shell and recycle myself.” – Charlie Lucas

Tin-Man Sculpture Garden – Charlie Lucas October 12, 1951 – Selma, AL Sculptures “I want my soul to be a good soul when I show people what I do.  I’m not doing it for the money.  If I never sold a piece, I’d do it…

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Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation in the bayous of Louisiana

Garden of Salvation – Kenny Hill 5337 Bayouside Drive Chauvin, LA 985-594-2546 Concrete environment Restored/preserved  –  Open to the public Other than the fact that Kenny Hill was a bricklayer, little is known about his life. One day in 1990, on a rented piece of…

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“Oh Lord Help Me this Day to Keep My Big Mouth Shut” — Big Al Taplet

Big Al Taplet Born 1934 Houston, TX I was just thinking those very words. And started wondering about Big Al, and how he has fared since Katrina. (Above photo of Big Al at his New Orleans home, 2004, courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations)…

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Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium of Black History

Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium 1940 — 800 E. Illinois Ave Hammond, LA 70403 Environment Built: 1986 – 2001 (Aurora, IL) , 2002 – Current (Hammond, LA) In 1986, in the yard of his small home on the east side of Aurora, Dr. Charles…

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Isaiah Zagar's urban mosaic wonderland

Isaiah Zagar Artists dates unknown 1020 South Street Philadelphia, PA Mosiac environment Jawdropping good stuff everywhere you turn is how I’d describe what Isaiah’s tile work. Because there’s so much of it and it’s so damned beautiful. He’s been doing mosaics on and inside buildings…

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Feeling Right at Home on the Fringe — NY Times Review of the Outsider Art Fair

Outsider Art Fair Opens at 548 West 22nd Street By ROBERTA SMITH Linda Rosier for The New York Times Photo credit: “26 Raimbilli Cousins” (1980-1994), mixed mediums on cardboard, by Gayleen Aiken, at the Luise Ross booth at 548 West 22nd Street. Published: January 31, 2013 The…

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Painting with “pure house paint” – Mose Tolliver

Mose Tolliver July 4, 1919 — October 30, 2006 Montgomery, AL Painter “At first [after his accident], everyone took care of me and I got lazy.  When I took up painting, I got started again.”  “I run a painting with a black strip—that’s better than…

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