Tag archive for Artists – S

Ed Stilley – last of the Ozark homesteaders & guitar maker

Ed Stilley – Guitars Dates unknown Beaver Lake, AR Guitar artist and musician The instruments shown was built by one of the last homesteaders of the Ozark Mountains. Ed Stilley of Hogscald Hollar, cut down trees from his land, then nailed and glued them together….

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Passionate paintings of Matt Sesow

Matt Sesow 1966 — Washington , DC Painting (oil or water-based) At the age of eight, Matt Sesow’s life was altered by a traumatic accident near his rural Nebraska home. While he was playing at a nearby airfield, a plane hit Sesow and severed his…

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“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

Wisconsin Concrete Park – Fred Smith 1886-1976 Phillips, WI Concrete environment Built: 1948 – 1964 Open to the public “It has to be in the man.  You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Grassroots Art Center exhibit, Lucas Kansas “Nobody…

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle – Niki de Saint Phalle 1930–2002 Escondido, CA Mosaic environment She was well known in the field of contemporary art. Influenced by figures such as Jean Dubuffet and Antoni Gaudi, she made her reputation in the Sixties with a series of…

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A welded wonderland in Arkansas — Finton Shaw

Finton Shaw October 26, 1946 — May 20, 2012 Conway, AR Welded sculptures Finton Shaw was born in England, Arkansas on October 26, 1946. At a very early age he began showing an interest in drawing and sculpture. He remembers making figures from the mud…

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Cop Art, sketch artist turned folk artist

Kevin Blythe Sampson 1954- Newark, NJ Mixed Media artist Of the many occupations from which grassroots artists tend to come, police officer is pretty rare. Kevin was a New Jersey cop and sketch artist, whose wife and infant son died unexpectedly, in separate illnesses. Art…

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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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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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