Mose Tolliver

(ca. 1920-2006) Montgomery, AL

Mose Tolliver began painting after an industrial accident left him handicapped in the mid 1960s. He sold his early work for cheap, or traded it for food, until he was featured in the Black Folk Art in America show at the Corcoran in 1983. He has since become one of the most enduring and widely collected self-taught artists of his generation. He painted actively until 2002.

 
 

crucifixion

mid-late 1980s

27.5" x 25"

enamel on wood construction

(exhibited in “Pure Paint” show, Montgomery AL, 2007)

 
 

Untitled(early dancing lady)

early-mid 1980s

26" x 18"

enamel on panel

 
 

Jig Jag Lady

ca. 1984

23"H x 12"W

Enamel on plywood scrap

 
 

Freedom bus

early-mid 1980s

23" x 33"

enamel on plywood

 
 

female erotic figure w/animal

ca. 1980

23.75" x 15.5 "

enamel on found plywood

 
 

Mother & Child

late 1980s

33" x 16"

enamel on wood

 
 

Green Bird

2000

5.25" x 24.5"(irregular)

enamel on found plywood

 
 

Two Birds

1980s

12" x 13"(irregular)

enamel on found plywood

 
 

Bird

1987

12" x 12.75"

enamel on found panel