WillIe Massey

(1906-1990) Bowling Green, KY

During the 70 years he worked as a tenant farmer, Massey learned to make things to meet practical needs and to satisfy his creative energy. He began creating sculptures and paintings after his wife's death in 1955. He is well known for his colorful multilevel birdhouses made from old fruitcrates, his tinfoil birds and his airplanes. He died in 1990 as a result of burns suffered in a house fire. His art was included in the exhibitions "African-American Folk Art in Kentucky", "Passionate Visions of the American South", and others. His work is in many permanent collections, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art and the Kentucky Folk Art Center.

 

Altar w/Two Chairs

1980s

Altar: 9.25"H x 7.25"W x 4"D

mixed media

 

Green and Black Armchair

1980s

10.75"H x 4.75"W x 5.5"D

mixed media

 

Crib

1980s

7.5"L x 4.5"W x 5.5"H

mixed media

 

Red Bird

1980s

10.25" x 2.25" x 14.5"

mixed media

 

Birdhouse

1980s

13"H x 23"W x 12"D

mixed media

 

Perching Bird

1980s

6.25" x 4.5" x 8.5"

mixed media

 

bird and snake

1980s

16"H x 20"W

mixed media on reversed stretched canvas

 

AIRPLANE

1980s

15” x 13.5” x 12.5”

mixed media

 

Five-Legged Table

1980s

13.5"L x 5.5"W x 7.25"H

mixed media