Jim Sudduth

(1910-2007) Fayette, AL

Jimmie Lee Sudduth started making art using mud and other natural pigments when he was a child; he claimed to know of at least 20 shades of clay around his homeground in northwest Alabama. He discovered early on that by adding a sugar-based substance to the mud such as molasses or Coca-Cola, that the mud would stay fixed to the surface it was applied to. Though some very early paintings were executed with all paint, most examples from ca. 1975 to 1993 employ varying amounts of the more unorthodox materials such as berry juice, shoe polish, ash, turnip green leaves (rubbed on the surface to create a distinctive green hue), and the aforementioned “sweet mud.” As the years progressed, by the mid-1990s, Sudduth used mostly acrylic paint in his work.  

Architectural

ca. 1987

12.5” x 25”

mixed media on plywood (very heavily textured surface)

 

WASHINGTON MONUMENT

ca. 1988-90

48” x 17.5”

mixed media on plywood

 

Two women in yellow dresses

ca. 1980s

Available as a pair or individually

A (on left): 48” x 16”

B (on right): 39.25" x 16"

 

big House

ca. 1986-90

48" x 48"(image size)

mixed media on plywood

 

SELF-PORTRAIT

1980s

48" x 24"

mixed media on plywood

 
 

WILd Toto

1980s

48" x 24"

mixed media on plywood

 

Capitol Building

ca. 1990

24" x 32"

mixed media on plywood

 

Fayette MANSION

ca. 2000

24" x 24"

mixed media on plywood

 

BOBO FAMILY HOUSE, FAYETTE

n.d.

27" x 60"(image)

mixed media on plywood

framed