Saturday, January 28, 2012

Our Jimmy Lee Suddeth Crocodile

Our Jimmy Lee Suddeth folk art crocodile.
One of my favorite crocodiles is the Jim Suddeth folk art piece that we have in the Chatfield house study.  I acquired this about ten years ago. 

"Mr. Sudduth was internationally renowned for his inventive and joyful mud paintings on plywood. Born in Alabama in 1910, Sudduth first began painting with mud when he was three, and was fond of saying that he could identify 36 different shades of mud around his rural Alabama home. He augmented his mud images with the colors created by grasses, wild berries, and housepaint. His subjects ranged from Southern mansions and cotton picking to self-portraits, his beloved dog Toto (of which there were several), and New York City skyscrapers" ---- Ginger Young Gallery website.

I particularly like his paintings of cotton picking.

Photo from the Ginger Young Gallery wehsite.
"Toto" Suddeth's dog. Photo from Robert Cargo Art Gallery.
Suddeth's works are featured in many collections, including the Smithsonian Collection, the High Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery.

Jimmy Suddeth passed away in 2007 at the age of 97.

Suddeths' hands. Photo from Graves Country Gallery.

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