‘Haint Right — Sulton Rogers

 Sulton Rogers

Oxford, MS

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.

He began carving more extensively after his retirement from New York’s Allied Chemical Company in 1984. Upon returning to Oxford in 1985, his Picasso-like painted beech wood carvings called “Haints” (or ghosts) took on more supernatural features.

He turned out hundreds of wild and wonderful beechwood carvings. He had a thing about snakes, devils, noses that wrapped around and extra breasts; and managed to give his figures an assortment of vivid and articulate facial expressions. The multiple eyes and mouths (to talk out of both sides of) and other sometimes-grotesque features set Rogers’ work apart from the more traditional wood carvers of the South.

(Photos © Copyright 2006-2013 Kelly Ludwig, all rights reserved)

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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.

On DVD – Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, “Southern Flavor”, KCPT, Kansas City Public Television, 1999-2001.

“Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists” by  Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Abbeville Press, New York, 1990.

“20th Century American Folk, Self Taught, and Outsider Art” by Betty-Carol Sellen, Cynthia J. Johnson, Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York, 1993.

“Light of the Spirit : Portraits of Southern Outsider Artists” by Karekin Goekjian and Robert Peacock, University of Mississippi Press, 1998.

“Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art—A guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources” by Betty-Carol Sellen with Cynthia J. Johnson, McFarland & Company, 2000.

“Contemporary American Folk Art  – A Collector’s Guide”  Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Abbeville Press, 1996.

“Wos Up Man?” Selections from the Joseph D. and Janet M. Sheen Collection of Self-taught Art”  by Joyce Henri Robinson, Palmer Museum of Art, 2005.

“American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies” by Florence Laffal and Julius Laffal, 2003.

“Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations Coast to Coast Travel-o-Pedia” by Randy Mason, et. al., Kansas City Star Books, 2009.

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