Bill Traylor

CARL HAMMER GALLERY

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BILL TRAYLOR

(1854 - 1949)  

Three Figure Construction in Black

14 x 14. 5 inches

Pencil, poster paint on found cardboard

BT190

c. 1939-42

Untitled Man in "High-singing blue" with bag and umbrella

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

17 x 13 inches

1939-1943

 

Untitled Spotted Cat

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

13 x 11 inches

1939-43

 

exhibited: 

Black Folk Art In America: 1933-1983  Corcoran Gallery (Smithsonian Institution), 1982

Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Craft Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Institute for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, T x

The Field Museum, Chicago, IL, Illustrated in exhibition Catalog, p.145

 

Untitled Peg-Legged Man

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

11 1/2 x 8 inches

1939-43

Illustrated:

Bill Traylor:  High-singing Blue catalog from Hirschl and Adler Gallery, NYC and Carl Hammer Gallery , Chicago exhibitions. 1997

 

 

Untitled "exciting Event" Construction

Pencil, colored pencil and crayon on found cardboard

12 x 7 inches

c. 1939-43

 

 

Untitled Black Dog w Red Eye and Tongue

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

16 1/2 x 16 inches

c. 1939-43

 

 

Untitled Man Pointing

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

17 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches

c. 1939-43

 

Untitled, Red Eyed Dog

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

11 1/8 x    13 1/4 inches

Untitled Man Pointing

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

15 x 13 inches

Untitled Black and White Spotted Dog

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

14 x 14 1/2 inches

c. 1939-43

 

Untitled Owl

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

13 x 7 inches

c. 1939-43

 

Untitled Drinker with figures

Pencil and crayon on found cardboard

10 x 7 inches

c. 1939-43

 

Untitled Turkey

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

17 x 11 inches

c. 1939-43

 

Untitled Brown Dog

Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard

14 x 22 inches

c. 1939-43

 

Rare 1939 Catalog of  New South exhibition of Bill Traylor art work

Silk-screened images and text on paper/ 8 pages, including front and back covers

8.5 x 9 inches

 

BIOGRAPHY

 
1854Born on George Hartwell Traylorís plantation in Benton, Alabama, where he stayed on through emancipation until the mid-1930s.
c. 1935Came to Montgomery where he worked briefly at a shoe factory, and then later collected a state pension.
1939Took up a post on a Lawrence Street sidewalk where he began to draw on scraps of cardboard. He then met Charles Shannon, a young painter, who offered him drawing materials and financial support.
1940First exhibition of Traylorís drawings at New South in Montgomery, organized by Charles Shannon.
1941First exhibition of Traylorís work in New York City at the Fieldston School.
1942Traylor traveled north to live with his children until 1946.  Leg amputated due to gangrene.
1946ďHe Lost 10,000 YearsĒ, a story on Traylor by Allen Rankin, is published in Collierís.
1949Traylor dies at a nursing home in Montgomery.

 

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