October 31, 2011: Just added four new pieces by emerging artist Bruce New!
July 26, 2011: We are now accepting credit cards--whether in person, or via phone or email, your plastic is welcome here!
July 18, 2011: Just added two pieces by Texas artist Ezekiel Gibbs, whose work is very difficult to find. Both are presented in nice blond wood frames. Also, you'll find a "new" David Butler piece on his page.
June 29, 2011
Dear friends, judging from the date of my last entry here, it's been a very long time--longer than I realized--since I've significantly updated the site. My "other life" as a musician has taken up much of my time and effort over the last year; I have been finishing a new album and preparing for its release, which will be sometime this Fall. Recently I have added newly available works by R.A. Miller, Jimmie Sudduth, Mose Tolliver, Purvis Young, and Hubert Walters to the site. I'll be adding more fresh acquisitions over the next few weeks, so please check back often. Thanks, as ever, for your interest in the gallery.
April 22 , 2010
Two days ago we lost one of the great artists of our time, Purvis Young. This morning I went on Ebay to see what kind of circus is going on with his work--in the post-mortem frenzy after Finster died, it was unbelievable what pieces (none very significant) were going for, even down in the Ebay trench. In the Purvis Young listings, there are now a few of what I consider to be forged works--one of which has quite a few bids and is sitting at a (paltry) few hundred dollars. Am I surprised? No. But it is real money being thrown at what is valueless garbage. I realize that it is self-serving for me to rant about these things and strongly suggest (again) that you consult a knowledgable dealer before buying anything in this field, but as a human being with an ethical conscience, I'm going to do so, regardless. To state the obvious: in a "steal of a deal" scenario, it is often the buyer, not the seller, who is being robbed--if it's too good to be true, then, yes, it's too good to be true. For example, when an authentic sketchbook of Young's retails for $1500 and up, then yes, one should ask questions when the bidding starts at 10% of that low end. Luckily, if you have studied the work and know it well enough, the fakes give themselves away easily, and you won't be tempted by what you're seeing anyway--no grace in the line, no passion, no art, just a mess of paint thrown on a board or on a notebook page, all for your humble consideration and viewing pleasure.
It is at these times that I do begin longing for a place called Hell, so that these criminals making a quick buck off of yet another dead artist's legacy (and a less-informed buyer's pocketbook) would be delivered unto this address (along with their creations). But I'd settle for less: jail would be a good start. With the FBI's recent indictment of forgers of Clementine Hunter's work, maybe other rats operating similar scams will suffer the same fate. Though probably not til they've made a few grand and flooded the market with a little more trash.
January 12, 2010
Happy new year all--you may now find the gallery on facebook, and become a fan if the spirit moves you . . .
Many new pieces in, including a fabulous Sybil Gibson floral, and a large piece by Joe Light; Light's work has garnered much recent notice in New York, being featured in the current show "Jr. and Sons" at Zach Feuer Gallery. One of his fish images appeared in this week's NY Magazine--a painting that was previously offered by Gordon Gallery.
August 27, 2009
Greetings from east Nashville, where the summer has been merciful and the gardens abundant. I want to take a moment to thank all of you who came out to Folk Fest a couple of weeks ago--we had a fantastic show, and it was good to see so many old friends and clients. Unfortunately I will not be exhibiting at Outsiders Outside this year, but hope to return in 2010. My schedule has been extremely busy--I was on tour out West for much of the summer, performing songs from my new record, which is due for release around the first of the year. Now, after some time away from the gallery, I am back at it--and will be listing several new acquistions over the next week. Among the highlights is a masterpiece bas-relief carving from Edwin Jeffery--take a look here.
Just a reminder: we buy, sell, and trade works; it all helps to keep things fresh around here. Please keep us in mind if you have something you'd like to sell, via outright purchase or consignment.
February 16, 2009
Happy Presidents Day--just added a couple of wonderful new carvings by Edwin Jeffery.
October 21, 2008
I've added several new pieces to the site; take a look around! I also just got this beautiful Josephus Farmer piece in--11" x 44", from ca. 1983. Purchased directly from Farmer by current owner's mother. Detail photos are available upon request; please send an email if you're interested.
October 1, 2008
With regret we pass on the news of the recent death of NC artist Hubert Walters. I feel lucky to have known him for the last several years, and will miss him dearly.
September 3, 2008
Just back from a wonderful show at Outsiders Outside in Harbert, MI. So good to see so many of you, and to make some new friends as well. I'll be updating the website over the next week or so, so check back often for new pieces.
visit our booth at the 15th annual Folk Fest in Atlanta, GA, August
15-17! We'll be showing significant pieces from the recently acquired
collection of Willie Massey works, and as usual some fantastic pieces
not yet posted on the site.
of the Willie Massey collection (see prior post below) have now
been posted here:
a look when you can. Have a great holiday weekend!
summer to you. The gallery just acquired a large collection of fine
Willie Massey pieces, all purchased from
Mr. Massey by the prior owner between 1986-1988. Birdhouses, miniature
chairs, airplanes, various birds of distinct character carved from
wood or sculpted from foil, and more. I hope to have photos and
other information posted soon. If you are interested, however, please
send us an email
and I'll be happy to pass along what photos I do have right away.
sorry if this particular beating of the drum has gone on too long,
but it is out of concern that I remind you again of the rampant
forgeries of Mose Tolliver's work being sold on Ebay. A guarantee
of authenticity or statement of provenance is worthless if there
is any cause for suspicion raised by viewing the work itself closely.
(or by viewing a price that is truly too good to be true). And though
it's not without exception, those sellers so loudly offering such
documentation are often selling the more dubious pieces. Compare
any piece in question to works published in respected museum catalogs
or reference books: in Tolliver's case, I'd recommend the catalog
from the Black Folk Art show at the Corcoran in 1983, as well as
the Arnetts' Souls Grown Deep, vol. 1. Though family collaborations
are sometimes hard to identify, in my opinion the forgeries give
themselves away quickly when compared to the real thing.
Recent updates to the site include works by: Luster
Willis, Mose Tolliver
look for new work from Mississippi artist Earl
are sorry to hear of the recent passing of artist L.V. Hull, who
lived in Kosciusko, MS, and was featured in Souls Grown Deep, Vol.
Recent additions to the site include:
artist page: Rosie Light
work from Annie Tolliver
artist page: Armistead Peeler
Spring to you. Please read the article linked below, for some not
so good news concerning one of our favorites, Purvis Young:
to thank all of our clients for making 2007 our best year yet. It's
been great visiting with so many of you during this busy holiday
season. Thanks so much for your interest. Please know that we are
available to ship your purchases until the evening of Thursday,
December 20; after that, it will be around New Years til we're "open"
again--though we will try to answer the phone anytime, and welcome
long, look deeply: Though I know most of you must find them as silly
and repugnantly obvious as I do, please, oh please, to anyone out
there who may be tempted, beware of the many fake Mose Tollivers
showing up on Ebay. There is one "artist" in particular
who is going at it with a vengeance, it seems.(And sometimes the
results are, to the fast eye, close to the real thing.) I know that
as buyers we all love a great deal, but some of these "bargains"
are beyond reality. If it sounds too good to be true, well, it should
go without saying: be careful. I realize that as a gallery owner
I have a vested interest in earning your patronage, but in this
case I am simply nauseated by folks laying down money (though usually
peanuts compared to the "fine" art market) for something
they put their good faith in believing is genuine, but in reality
is a piece of worthless trash. For obvious legal reasons it is difficult
and expensive to take on these liars legally, so here I step onto
my soapbox and wail, perhaps to no good end. Though it is true that
Mose's own chicanery in signing pieces that were done by family
members (more discussion of this to come) creates an unfortunately
murky environment when trying to establish authenticity, no artist's
legacy deserves this kind of treatment, which is a crime against
the singular spirit of the "real" Mose T.: the art, and
recently added newly acquired works by Mose
Tolliver, May Liza Jackson (on the Quilts
page), and Purvis Young. Check 'em out!
are sad to announce the passing of Alabama artist Jimmie Lee Sudduth.
Mr. Sudduth died of natural causes on Sunday, September 2.
the road again: Thanks to all of you who came out to FolkFest; we
had a very successful show. For those of you near Harbert, Michigan,
please stop by our booth at the Outsiders
Outside show this coming weekend, on the grounds of the Judith
Racht Gallery. Many new things to see on the site--recently acquired
pieces by Joe Light, Mose Tolliver, Jim Sudduth, Ruby C. Williams
and others. I've also just added some great quilts!
Please join us at Folk Fest, this weekend in Norcross, GA, just
north of Atlanta--100 dealers, representing the best in self-taught,
outsider, and folk art, all at the North Atlanta Trade Center!!!
Email us for more
info. We'll be bringing many new acquistions which have not been
shown on the site, including classic works by Charlie Lucas, Charley
Kinney, George Kornegay, and never-before seen new work from carver
summer! We welcome the work of Florida's fabulous Ruby
C. Willliams to the gallery. Check out a new group of Edwin
Jeffery carvings, too!
recently added some wonderful new works, including a Sarah Mary
Taylor "Coke" quilt, a vintage "Fayette County Courthouse"
painting by Jimmy Lee Sudduth, and a classic "Adam & Eve"
from Louisiana's M.C. "5¢" Jones.
I'm a little late on the draw, Happy New Year everyone! I've recently
added some exciting new pieces:
Yoakum, "Weeping Pebble of Sirrea Range . . .", from
Mose Tolliver "Nall Lady"
woman's portrait by Jimmy Sudduth
carved animals by William DawsonSOLD
a more personal note, Purvis Young recently
underwent a long-awaited kidney transplant operation; we wish him
a speedy recovery.
having trouble with receiving email at the "email@example.com"
address, so, please send emails to:
zealous about replying to inquiries; if you have sent an email and
not received a reply within a day or so, it almost certainly means
that I haven't received your message. Hopefully the address change
noted above will help with this problem. Thanks--kg
Farmer, Balaam, Son of Beor, Soothsayer
of carvings by emerging artist Melvin Harper
learned that Mose Tolliver passed away today, from complications
resulting from pneumonia.
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blue dog with black spots (and a very long tail) by Mary
classic pieces by Joe Light