Fat babies, gentlemen, ladies and little biddies — Betty Sue Matthews

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Betty Sue Matthews

1950-
Brundidge, AL
Paintings, unconventional material

Completely self-taught, Betty Sue Matthews started drawing when she was three years old and has never stopped. Sometimes, raising children and financial issues forced her art to be put on hold, but she always returned to it. Her tin cut-outs of “fat babies, gentlemen, ladies and little biddies” are first drawn on tin. Then she cuts them out “like paper dolls” and paints them front and back with house paint and other enamel paints.

(Photos © Copyright Kelly Ludwig, all rights reserved)

Bibliography & Links:

“Detour Art—Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Folk Art Environments Coast to Coast, Art and Photographs from the Collection of Kelly Ludwig” by Kelly Ludwig, Kansas City Star Books, 2007.