Luster Willis

(1913-1994) Crystal Springs, MS

Luster Willis lived in Copiah county Mississippi, not far from Mary T. Smith. He spent three years in Europe during WW II. He had been making art since childhood. He is best known as one of the artists featured in the landmark Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980 show at the Corcoran in 1983."I draw from life to emphasize it, to speak through a picture what actually can't be brought into words."

 

The Peacock

1982

11" x 14"

mixed media on paper

 

Father of Time

1983

22" x 28"

mixed media on paper

 

Hog Killing

1984

22" x 28"

mixed media on paper

published in Oxford American magazine, Issue #64, 2009, p.27