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164 Lot 164: Large Bernice Sims Folk Art Painting, Tent Revival Large Bernice Sims Folk Art Painting, Tent Revival Lot 164: Large Bernice Sims Folk Art Painting, Tent Revival

Bernice Sims (Alabama/Louisiana, 1926-2014) very large acrylic on canvas outsider art painting depicting a nighttime tent revival scene with African American figures circled around a central figure at a pulpit all gathered under a striped red tent under a starry sky. Signed “B. Sims” lower right. Unframed. 58 1/2″ H x 72 1/2″ W.

Biography: Bernice Sims was born in rural Alabama in 1926 and resided there her entire life. It was not until she decided to enroll in community college, after raising six children, that she was encouraged by a professor to explore her artistic talent and turned to painting. Her works are characterized by bright colors, renderings of childhood memories, and, as she grew older, focused on the social and racial injustice amidst the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. In 2005, her work depicting the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, was issued on a postage stamp to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$1,000.00$1,200.00
165 Lot 165: Purvis Young Large Outsider Art Mixed Media Painting, Trucks & Figures Purvis Young Large Outsider Art Mixed Media Painting, Trucks & Figures Lot 165: Purvis Young Large Outsider Art Mixed Media Painting, Trucks & Figures

Purvis Young (Florida, 1943-2010) large horizontal outsider art mixed media house paint on scrap or found paper painting depicting a row of semi-trucks surrounded by figures working against a loosely painted background, rendered in red, white, and black pigments. Signed "Young" in pen, right center. Float mounted under glass in a custom contemporary metallic painted wood frame. Sight: 18" H x 47" W. Framed: 27" H x 54" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: One tear in upper right corner, approximately 1". Other visible damage including toning, creasing, and tears, likely occurred before found paper was utilized as a medium by the artist. [See more photos →]

$600.00$700.00
166 Lot 166: Purvis Young Outsider Art Painting, Nude Figure Purvis Young Outsider Art Painting, Nude Figure Lot 166: Purvis Young Outsider Art Painting, Nude Figure

Purvis Young (Florida, 1943-2010) folk art mixed media on canvasboard painting depicting a nude figure surrounded by colorful undulating lines rendered in loose brushstrokes, all in shades of brown, back, pink, and yellow. Signed "Young" in upper right corner. Excerpt on the artist adhered en verso. Unframed. 40 1/2" H x 16 1/4" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Some paint loss and wear to edges of work, light surface scratching, and one area of loss in upper right corner. [See more photos →]

$400.00$500.00
167 Lot 167: Jimmy Sudduth Folk Art Painting, Woman w/ Headdress Jimmy Sudduth Folk Art Painting, Woman w/ Headdress Lot 167: Jimmy Sudduth Folk Art Painting, Woman w/ Headdress

Jimmie Lee Sudduth (Alabama, 1910-2007) house paint and mud on board painting depicting a female figure with a feather headdress and a colorful garment rendered in shades of green, red, and white against a white background with a brown border. Signed "Jim Sudduth" in pencil upper right. Unframed. 24" H x 24" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
169 Lot 169: 2 Mose Tolliver Folk Art Paintings, Big Green Fish & Watermelon 2 Mose Tolliver Folk Art Paintings, Big Green Fish & Watermelon Lot 169: 2 Mose Tolliver Folk Art Paintings, Big Green Fish & Watermelon

Two (2) Mose Tolliver (Alabama, 1919-2006) folk art house paint on board paintings, one (1) titled "Big Green Fish" depicting a long green horizontal fish with a red tongue against a tan background having light blue polka dots and a black border, and one (1) depicting a watermelon on a white background with a black border. Both signed MOSET with backwards S in black, lower left corners. Both unframed with pop tops secured as hanging devices en verso. Fish: 8" H x 26" W. Watermelon: 10" H x 24" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Both in overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
170 Lot 170: 2 Alyne Harris Folk Art Portrait Paintings on Board 2 Alyne Harris Folk Art Portrait Paintings on Board Lot 170: 2 Alyne Harris Folk Art Portrait Paintings on Board

Two (2) Alyne Harris (American, b. 1943) acrylic on board portrait paintings. 1st item: Painting titled “Portrait of Jesse Aaron (Alyne’s Uncle)” depicting an African American gentleman with a white beard against a spotted background in the upper portion of the work, and the face of a younger African American man on a white square background in the lower portion (possibly a framed picture of the man when he was younger). Signed “Alyne Harris” lower right. Titled en verso. Unframed: 32″ H x 11 1/4″ W.

2nd item: Bust portrait on canvasboard painting of an African American woman attired in a pink blouse against a white background, her eyes cast to her left. Signed “Alyne Harris” lower right. Housed in a contemporary black frame with a linen filet. Sight: 19 1/3″ H x 9 1/2″ W. Framed: 23″ H x 13″ W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: 1st item: Light wear to edges of board, one scratch across face, approximately 1″, one area of loss approximately 1/8″. Two areas of cracking where wire was applied en verso, visible on surface of work. 2nd item: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$350.00$450.00
171 Lot 171: Benny Carter O/C Outsider Art Painting, Garden of Eden U.S.A Benny Carter O/C Outsider Art Painting, Garden of Eden U.S.A Lot 171: Benny Carter O/C Outsider Art Painting, Garden of Eden U.S.A

Benny Carter (North Carolina, 1943-2014) oil on canvas outsider folk art painting titled "The Garden of Eden U.S.A." The painting depicts pairs of animals surrounding a fenced-off Tree of Knowledge in the midst of a river, its branches swarming with snakes, tempting them to eat, and topped by a baboon, with angels watching from above. The work features satirical captions and American pop culture motifs including Elvis on a diving board with animals verbalizing titles of Elvis songs like "Don't Be Cruel". Inscribed "Benford Taylor Carter Jr. 11-29-1943" [the artist's full name and date of birth] lower left, and signed "Benny Carter" lower right. Housed in a painted wood frame with applied apple cutouts at each corner inscribed with the artist's name, date of birth, and the title of the work. Sight: 30 1/4" H x 25 1/4" W. Framed: 36" H x 32" W.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: Overall excellent condition. [See more photos →]

$800.00$900.00
172 Lot 172: Eddy Mumma Double-Sided Outsider Art Painting, Figure & Architectural Scene Eddy Mumma Double-Sided Outsider Art Painting, Figure & Architectural Scene Lot 172: Eddy Mumma Double-Sided Outsider Art Painting, Figure & Architectural Scene

Eddy Mumma (Florida/Ohio, 1908-1986) double-sided Folk Art/Outsider Art painting on cardstock. One side depicts a half-length figure with pink skin and red hood or hair, rendered in gestural brush strokes over exposed beige support. Identified as “Lori Justice” on sticker attached plastic sleeve: “Lori Justice / $400.” En verso is an abstracted landscape scene that appears to depicts a building before a river on a snowy day, with red and brown vegetation throughout. Unsigned and unframed, includes general informational print-out. After 1969. 14 1/2″ H x 11 3/4″ W.

Note: “Eddy Mumma took up painting at age 60, working alone in a small house in Gainesville, FL, where he lived to be near his only daughter, Carroll, and her family after the death of his wife. At Carroll’s suggestion he enrolled in a painting class, but was so offended at the teacher’s criticism of his ‘sloppy’ art that he promptly quit the lessons. From that point forward, ‘Mr. Eddy’–as he liked to be known–immersed himself in his working on his own, often covering both sides of any surface he could acquire and amassing the art on the increasingly full walls of his home. Restricted to a wheelchair in his tiny clapboard house, Mr. Eddy did not often go further than his front porch. His work became his world, filled from floor to ceiling with the colorful portraits he produced. Eddy did not sell his work, refused opportunities to exhibit and turned away interested gallery owners. He gave away or traded for art supplies only a few paintings during his lifetime. He said, ‘my paintings belong with me.’ Upon his death at age 78, Mr. Eddy left about 1,000 paintings as well as painted doors, lamps, and surfaces within the tiny home where he spent his last years.” Source: “The Paintings of Eddy Mumma;” Anne E. Gilroy, Curator; Thomas Center Galleries, Gainesville, FL.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Overall good condition. Figural side with scattered loss of paint in upper head/hood, points of discoloration in exposed cardstock background in upper right and lower left, and minor creasing to corners. Architectural landscape with small areas of paint loss especially in sky, upper center, and paper residue on a few areas of heavy impasto. [See more photos →]

$500.00$600.00
173 Lot 173: Eddy Mumma Folk Art Painting, Portrait of Figure w/ Red Face Eddy Mumma Folk Art Painting, Portrait of Figure w/ Red Face Lot 173: Eddy Mumma Folk Art Painting, Portrait of Figure w/ Red Face

Ed (Eddy) Mumma (Florida/Ohio, 1906-1986) Folk Art house paint on canvas laid down on board painting depicting a portrait of a figure with a red face attired in a purple and green garment against a white background. Signed "Eddy" upper left. Biography of the artist attached en verso. Unframed. 20" H x 16" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$500.00$600.00
174 Lot 174: Eddy Mumma Outsider Art Painting, Figure w/ Orange Face Eddy Mumma Outsider Art Painting, Figure w/ Orange Face Lot 174: Eddy Mumma Outsider Art Painting, Figure w/ Orange Face

Eddy Mumma (Florida/Ohio, 1908-1986) Folk Art/Outsider Art painting on cardstock depicting a half-length figure with orange skin and brown hair, rendered in gestural brush strokes over exposed white support. Identified as "Lori Justice" on sticker attached to verso: "$400 / Eddy Mumma / Lori Justice." Unsigned and unframed, includes general informational print-out. After 1969. 16" H x 10 1/8" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Condition is excellent, with miniscule creasing to two corners of cardstock. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
175 Lot 175: 3 Jack Beverland, AKA Mr. B., Southern Folk Art Paintings 3 Jack Beverland, AKA Mr. B., Southern Folk Art Paintings Lot 175: 3 Jack Beverland, AKA Mr. B., Southern Folk Art Paintings

Three (3) Jack "Mr. B" Beverland (American/Florida, b. 1939) outsider art mixed media on board paintings. 1st item: Painting titled "Fall Harvest" depicting a farm scene with figures harvesting pumpkins in the foreground and figures harvesting cotton in the background under a hazy night sky. Signed "Mr. B" lower right corner. Titled lower center. Additionally signed "Jack Beverland March, 1997" en verso. 2nd item: Painting titled "Noah's Ark" depicting Noah and pairs of animals in the foreground with the Ark in the background surrounded by landscape, rainbow, and pairs of birds flying overhead under a starry evening sky. Signed "Mr. B" lower right. Additionally signed "Jack Beverland March 1998" en verso. Both works are rendered with textured solid and glitter paints. Both unframed. 1st item: 15 1/2" H x 27 1/2" W. 2nd item: 20 1/2" H x 23" W. 3rd item: Painting titled "Reading to the Children" depicting figures and children in a classroom engaging in various activities including reading, listening, and practicing math, while children, visible through a central window, play outside. Signed "Mr. B" lower right. Additionally signed "Jack Beverland, February 1997" en verso. Unframed. 17 1/4" H x 28" W.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: Items 1 and 2 in overall very good condition. 2nd item with wear to glitter border. 3rd item: Surface is peeling to reveal board in the upper and lower left corners. [See more photos →]

$450.00$550.00
176 Lot 176: B.F. Perkins Mailbox Sculpture B.F. Perkins Mailbox Sculpture Lot 176: B.F. Perkins Mailbox Sculpture

Benjamin Franklin Perkins (American/Alabama, 1904-1993) folk art sculpture of a mailbox painted with American flags and inscribed with verbiage paying tribute to the United States Postal Service, reading "The United States Mail Service Every/Hour On The Hour To All Parts of the World/Let it Rain or Let it Snow-Sleet or Hail or/ Storm Winds Blow. The US Mail Still Will Go" and on the reverse side "When People Are on the Moon Mars and Jupiter/ The All American Air Mail Service Will Cary/ The Mail and Passengers One Way or Roundtrip/ Or Honeymoon Get Your Tickets Early." Signed "BFP" to front. Attached to a white painted wood coat rack with pegs and a rectangular base. 55 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W x 19" D.

PROVENANCE: The personal collection of former Folk/Outsider Art dealer Jamie Teal, Nashville, Tennessee.

CONDITION: Light overall surface wear. Natural wood splitting to base, some pegs have been re-adhered. [See more photos →]

$500.00$600.00
177 Lot 177: Lamar Sorrento, O/B Painting, Death of Robert Johnson Lamar Sorrento, O/B Painting, Death of Robert Johnson Lot 177: Lamar Sorrento, O/B Painting, Death of Robert Johnson

Lamar Sorrento (Tennessee, 20th/21st Century) folk art acrylic on board horizontally oriented painting titled "The Death of Robert Johnson" depicting American blues musician Robert Johnson lying in a bed and accompanied by angels, one of whom holds a guitar, and the devil, who sits on the left side of the room accompanied by a black cat. With additional domestic details in the background. Signed "Lamar Sorrento" lower left. Titled lower center. Housed in a red white and blue striped wood frame fashioned and painted by the artist. Sight: 17 1/2" H x 35 1/2" W. Framed: 24 1/2" H x 42 1/2" W.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: Overall very good condition with light wear to frame and cracking to plaster joints on frame. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
379 Lot 379: 2 Framed Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Lord of the Column & St. Jerome 2 Framed Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Lord of the Column & St. Jerome Lot 379: 2 Framed Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Lord of the Column & St. Jerome

Two (2) Mexican folk art retablo paintings. Both are painted on tin with shaped tin and painted glass frames. 1st item: A depiction of the "Lord of the Column," with the flagellated Christ in an interior setting wearing a white loincloth and kneeling beside a column on which rest several whips. Sight – 6.5" H x 9.5" W. Framed – 14.5" H x 15" W. 2nd item: a float-mounted, half-length depiction of a hooded St. Jerome contemplating a skull and holding a crucifix. Sight: 9 3/4" H x 6.5" W. Framed: 20.5" H x 14.5" W. Both late-19th or early-20th century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: Overall good condition. 1st item's frame is detached on three sides. 2nd item has minor areas of loss to the paint including small scratches and a scrape over the skull's left eye socket, approximately 1/2 inch. Both frames show general wear including minor creasing of tin. [See more photos →]

$500.00$600.00
380 Lot 380: 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, St. Christopher & St. Francis of Paola 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, St. Christopher & St. Francis of Paola Lot 380: 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, St. Christopher & St. Francis of Paola

Two (2) Mexican Folk Art retablos depicting saints, painted on tin. 1st item: Painting depicting Saint Christopher carrying the Christ child on his shoulder while crossing a river and holding a palm staff. Housed in a punched tin frame shadowbox with decorative wings and an arched top having foliate designs, under glass. 21 3/4" H x 16 1/4" W x 2" D. Early-Mid 19th century. 2nd item: Portrait painting depicting Saint Francis of Paola wearing a hooded garment, holding a staff and rosary, and the word "Caridad" (charity) in the upper right corner. Set against a blue background. Late 19th/Early 20th century. 14" H x 10" W.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: 1st item: Overall scattered oxidation and fleabite losses commensurate with age, light surface scratching. Frame with previous repair and warping. 2nd item: Overall very good condition with some bending to lower edge, light scattered surface wear and losses. [See more photos →]

$500.00$550.00
381 Lot 381: 4 Mexican Retablos, Various Saints & Arch Angel 4 Mexican Retablos, Various Saints & Arch Angel Lot 381: 4 Mexican Retablos, Various Saints & Arch Angel

Four (4) Mexican folk art retablos painted on tin depicting saints. 1st item: Painting depicting a winged St. Vincent Ferrer holding the bible open to Revelations while allusions to the last judgment play out in the background. 9" H x 6 1/2" W. Early- mid 19th century. 2nd item: Painting depicting Archangel Raphael holding a staff in one hand and a dish in the other, with a forest landscape in the background. 9 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W. Late 19th century. 3rd item: Painting depicting the Penitence of Saint Jerome including the emaciated saint holding a crucifix and beating his breast with a book, quill, and skull to his side, a lion at his feet, and an angel playing a trumpet in the sky, upper right. He sits in a desert landscape on the base of a portico. 9 3/4' H x 7" W. Late 19th/early 20th century. 4th item: Painting depicting Saint Hedwig, attired in a crown and regal garments, giving alms to an imprisoned man, while her attendant carries an abbess' staff. 10" H x 7" W. Early 20th century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: 1st item: Rust oxidation throughout commensurate with age. 2nd item: Light oxidation to edges, scattered losses, and surface scratching. 3rd item: Rust oxidation on right edge and scattered throughout. Some losses near nail hole, upper center. 4th item: Light surface wear and oxidation commensurate with age. [See more photos →]

$500.00$550.00
382 Lot 382: 3 Mexican Retablos, Cross of Souls, Juan Diego, St. Isidore 3 Mexican Retablos, Cross of Souls, Juan Diego, St. Isidore Lot 382: 3 Mexican Retablos, Cross of Souls, Juan Diego, St. Isidore

Three (3) Mexican folk art retablos painted on tin. 1st item: Painting depicting Saint Juan Diego holding the vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe on a cloth sheet surrounded by roses and set against a dark blue background. Early-mid 19th century. 2nd item: Painting depicting the Cross of Souls with the crucified Christ above and the souls in purgatory below. Early 20th century. 3rd item: Painting depicting Saint Isidore the Farmer kneeling in an agricultural landscape decorated with roses. With a small angel and an ox below, another large ox behind the saint, and a church in the background. Inscribed "S. Yisidro" on right side. Late 19th century. Sizes ranging from 13" H x 9 3/4" W to 14" H x 10" W.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: 1st item: Overall heavy rust oxidation throughout. 2nd item: Overall good condition with light surface scratching and wear to corners. 3rd item: Light scattered rust oxidation throughout, commensurate with age. [See more photos →]

$500.00$550.00
383 Lot 383: 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, La Vendimia Mistica & La Mano Poserosa 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, La Vendimia Mistica & La Mano Poserosa Lot 383: 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, La Vendimia Mistica & La Mano Poserosa

Two (2) Mexican folk art retablos, all painted on tin.1st item: La Vendimia Mistica painting depicting Christ kneeling with vines originating from his body and arching overhead, with blood pouring from His wounds into a chalice and onto the pedestal below him, with lambs placed at the bottom to catch the blood in their mouths, mounted to a wood board. 14" H x 8 3/4" W. 2nd item. La Mano Poderosa painting depicting the stigmata of Saint Francis bleeding into a chalice with the Holy Family, Anna, and Joachim floating in the clouds arched overhead, all holding lilies. Unframed. 14" H x 9 7/8" W. Both items Late 19th/Early 20th Century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: 1st item: With some later inscriptions, flaking, and oxidation to edges and scattered throughout. 2nd item: Scattered oxidation throughout. [See more photos →]

$400.00$500.00
384 Lot 384: 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Madonna & Child 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Madonna & Child Lot 384: 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Madonna & Child

Two (2) Mexican Folk Art retablo paintings on tin depicting the Madonna and Child. 1st item: Painting depicting the Madonna and Child, both crowned and floating above clouds with the Virgin mother attired in an ornate blue garment with gilt detail on a light blue background. 14" H x 10 1/8". Late 19th/early 20th century. 2nd item: Painting depicting Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the Madonna and Child floating on a cloud in the night sky, the Virgin mother attired in the robes and red and gold shield of the Carmelite order. Both figures holding scapulars with the same emblem. 14" H x 9 3/4" W. Early 20th Century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: 1st item: Overall scattered areas of rust throughout and one scratch across the Madonna's face, approximately 2" L. 2nd item: Overall good condition with light scattered flaking and surface scratching. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
385 Lot 385: 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Holy Trinity & Holy Child of Atocha 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Holy Trinity & Holy Child of Atocha Lot 385: 2 Mexican Folk Art Retablos, Holy Trinity & Holy Child of Atocha

Two (2) Mexican folk art retablo paintings on tin. 1st item: A painting of the Holy Trinity of Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit accompanied by their iconographic identifiers and seated in majesty in heaven. Their feet are atop four angelic heads who peek out through the clouds in the lower register. In a wooden frame with no backing. Sight: 14" H x 10" W. Framed: 17" H x 13" W. 2nd item: A painting of the Christ Child as the Holy Child of Atocha, seated and flanked by drapery and vases with flowers. He is accompanied by iconographic identifiers including the wide-brimmed hat with plumes, brown cloak with white lace collar, basket containing bread, and a pilgrim's staff with attached water gourd. Unframed. 14" H x 10" W. Both items late 19th to early 20th century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: 1st item: some minor scratches to paint and approximately 1 1/2" scratches on the face of God and the body of the Holy Spirit. Frame is worn and glass is loose. 2nd item: minor loss to paint throughout and some oxidation. Tin is creased slightly in the lower left corner. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
864 Lot 864: Shane Campbell Folk Art Sculpture, B.B. King Guitar Shane Campbell Folk Art Sculpture, B.B. King Guitar Lot 864: Shane Campbell Folk Art Sculpture, B.B. King Guitar

Shane "Slick" Campbell (American/Tennessee, 20th-21st Century) carved and assembled folk art sculpture of "Lucille", the name which American blues musician B.B. King gave to his Gibson electric guitars, titled "Tribute to the Blues…One of the Best, B.B. King!". The guitar is comprised of black painted wood, with white painted bridge, pickups, and frets, carved tuning pegs and volume controls, and plastic strings. The body is covered with various inscriptions paying homage to Blues musicians and their lyrics, and a tribute to B.B. King is inscribed on the pickguard. Inscribed "B.B. King" on the Fretboard and signed "Shane Campbell East TN along the lower edge. 41" H x 11 1/2" W

PROVENANCE: The personal collection of former Folk/Outsider Art dealer Jamie Teal, Nashville, Tennessee.

CONDITION: Two missing frets, others have been re-adhered. Otherwise in overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$500.00$600.00
865 Lot 865: 2 pcs. Folk/Outsider Art, Shane Campbell Sculpture & Rev. Johnny Ace Painting 2 pcs. Folk/Outsider Art, Shane Campbell Sculpture & Rev. Johnny Ace Painting Lot 865: 2 pcs. Folk/Outsider Art, Shane Campbell Sculpture & Rev. Johnny Ace Painting

Two (2) Folk Art or Outsider Art pieces, including one (1) Shane Campbell House of Blues sculpture and one (1) Reverend Johnny Inexplicable Southern Phenomenon painting. 1st item: Shane "Slick" Campbell (American/Tennessee, 20th-21st Century) assembled folk art sculpture titled "House of Blues" depicting a red house with white painted siding and a pebble-covered base, the siding having inscriptions of lyrics, songs titles, and tributes to various American blues and rock-and-roll musicians including Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and others. Topped with a brick chimney and carved and painted electric guitar inscribed "Jimi H" on the neck, "SRV" on the body and a tribute to the famous rock-and-roll landmark the Whiskey a Go-Go en verso. Titled "House of Blues" on the doorway above a stepped entry inscribed "You must be 21 to enter." The opening reveals a painted interior of a figure playing the guitar and a pair of ceramic-painted devils inside. Signed "Shane Campbell East Tennessee June 2002" on interior of base. 18" H x 20" W x 22" D. 2nd item: Reverend Johnny Ace outsider art mixed media on board collage captioned "William Faulkner and Mark Twain, noted regional observers, encounter yet another inexplicable Southern phenomenon". The work depicts the two American authors in the upper right corner observing a collection of Southern mid-twentieth century rock-and-roll musicians, including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and others, all rendered with photomechanically printed faces and painted costumes against a brightly colored pink and blue background resembling a dance floor. Signed "Reverend Johnny Ace" with a painted collage figure of himself in the lower left-hand corner. Nashville, TN, en verso. Float mounted to artist-painted purple board with a metallic interior frame. 16 1/2" H x 18 1/2" W x 1 1/4" D. Late 20th/early 21st century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee; Campbell piece acquired Main Street Gallery 2002; Ace piece from The Arts Company 2003; copies of the original receipts will be available to the winning bidder.

CONDITION: 1st item: Some areas where assembled pieces have been re-adhered. Some losses to chimney area on back side, largest area approximately 2". Light overall surface wear. 2nd item: Overall excellent condition. [See more photos →]

$400.00$500.00
868 Lot 868: Purvis Young Folk Art Painting, Figure & Horse Purvis Young Folk Art Painting, Figure & Horse Lot 868: Purvis Young Folk Art Painting, Figure & Horse

Purvis Young (Florida, 1943-2010) outsider art mixed media on board painting depicting a figure and a horse standing on a mound against a bright yellow and orange background. Signed "Young" upper right corner. Unframed. Sight: 23 1/2" H x 19 1/2" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Some scattered paint flaking, surface scratching, and wear to corners and edges. Scratched texture of board surface and area of tape at left side existed prior to board being used as a painting and is intended by the artist. [See more photos →]

$400.00$450.00
869 Lot 869: 2 Purvis Young Folk Art Paintings, Sketches of Abstract Figures, Signed 2 Purvis Young Folk Art Paintings, Sketches of Abstract Figures, Signed Lot 869: 2 Purvis Young Folk Art Paintings, Sketches of Abstract Figures, Signed

Two (2) Purvis Young (Florida, 1943-2010) Outsider Art paintings.1sit item: Acrylic on cork board painting depicting an abstract black figure against a yellow background. Signed "Young" upper right. Housed in a wood frame with a gilt filet and leather mat. Sight: 9 1/4" H x 7 1/2" W. Framed: 17 1/2" H x 15 1/2" W. 2nd item: Acrylic on cardstock painting of abstract figures or undulating "squiggle" lines rendered with red and yellow paint against an unpainted background. Signed "Young" upper right. Housed and matted with off-white paper in a poster sleeve and hinge-mounted to a backing. Sight: 9 1/2" H x 8" W. Mat: 20" H x 16" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: 1st item: Area of flaking in center of work, work is loose in frame. Frame with some overall surface wear. 2nd item: Overall very good condition with light area of creasing in lower right corner. [See more photos →]

$300.00$350.00
870 Lot 870: 4 Purvis Young Folk Art Paintings on Paper 4 Purvis Young Folk Art Paintings on Paper Lot 870: 4 Purvis Young Folk Art Paintings on Paper

Four (4) Purvis Young (Florida, 1943-2010) outsider art paintings on paper. 1st item: Acrylic on thick white paper painting of an industrial scene with a train in the lower portion and figures working in the upper portion with architectural motifs in the background, rendered in shades of red, yellow, turquoise, and black. Unsigned. Stabilized with a piece of scrap or found paper adhered en verso. 2nd item: Two (2) paintings on one piece of unfolded found or scrap paper, both depicting abstract figures or lines rendered with "squiggly" loose brush strokes in shades of yellow, black, and white, one vertically aligned and one horizontally aligned. Signed "Young" near the center fold. 3rd-4th items: Two paintings rendered on yellow found or scrap paper using red, turquoise, and black paint, one (1) depicting an abstract black figure with red figures or lines in the background and one (1) depicting a face against a background with shading and abstract undulating lines. Both unsigned. Both stabilized on a piece of white found or scrap paper adhered en verso. Sizes ranging from 11" H x 8" W to 17 1/2" H x 11 1/2" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: 1st item: Wear to edges, a crease to lower center, tearing to corners, and one tear to lower edge, may have existed prior to artist use. 2nd item: Overall very good condition with light toning and wear to edges. 3rd-4th items: Both in very good condition with two areas where paper residue adheres to the surface of the work having been layered before paint was dried, some tearing to backing. [See more photos →]

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871 Lot 871: 2 Folk Art Works, incl. Ruth M. Robinson & Johnnie Griner 2 Folk Art Works, incl. Ruth M. Robinson & Johnnie Griner Lot 871: 2 Folk Art Works, incl. Ruth M. Robinson & Johnnie Griner

Two (2) Southern Outsider Folk art acrylic on board paintings. 1st item: Ruth M. Robinson (Alabama, b. 1952) portrait painting of an African American man named Elijah Stewart depicting the sitter attired in a blue shirt, blue tie, and glasses against a yellow spotted background. Signed vertically "Rm Robinson" lower right. Inscribed en verso of board "Elijah Stewart- was the son of old mammie Stewart. He live right across the street from the church/ he Sung in the choir but he Still dunk that moon Shine made by uncle louie. you want to know who uncle louie is? well I Better not Tell. Elijah and aunt Hatte were brothers and Sister" and additionally signed and dated "R.M. Robinson Aug 2007." Housed in a contemporary gilt and ebonized wood frame. Sight: 13 1/2" H x 10 1/2" W. Framed: 16 14" H x 13 1/4" W. 2nd item: Johnnie Griner painting titled "On the Porch" an African American man holding an infant, seated on a porch with textiles hanging above along a clothesline. Signed "Johnnie Griner 2008" bottom right corner. Titled and additionally signed and dated en verso. Unframed: 24" H x 20" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Both works in overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

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872 Lot 872: Brian Dowdall Backyard Sand Creature Mixed Media 2D Sculpture, Alligator Brian Dowdall Backyard Sand Creature Mixed Media 2D Sculpture, Alligator Lot 872: Brian Dowdall Backyard Sand Creature Mixed Media 2D Sculpture, Alligator

Brian Dowdall (American/Montana, b. 1948) mixed media, sand, and dirt on brown paper bag two-dimensional "backyard sand creature" sculpture depicting an alligator with blue rock eyes. Signed "brian dowdall" in marker, upper right. Unframed. 12" H x 15" W. Note: Additional artist biography included with this work.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: Fraying and wear to bag edges consistent with previous use of found material. [See more photos →]

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873 Lot 873: 3 Folk Art Drawings, incl. Mama Johnson & Felix Jimenez Chino 3 Folk Art Drawings, incl. Mama Johnson & Felix Jimenez Chino Lot 873: 3 Folk Art Drawings, incl. Mama Johnson & Felix Jimenez Chino

Three (3) Outsider Folk Art drawings on paper. 1st-2nd items: Two (2) Mama (Eurelia Elizabeth) Johnson (Florida, 1918-2011) drawings, one (1) depicting a male and female figure in a garden setting with floral motifs and two birds in the lower right corner, and one (1) depicting three fish in a body of water with a serpentine figure holding a bouquet of flowers on the left side, on purple paper. Both are rendered with multicolored markers and signed "Mama J" in lower right corners. Both are housed in poster sleeves, not adhered to backings. Figures in Garden: 20 1/4" H x 15 1/4" W. Fish: 12" H x 18 1/2" W. 3rd item: Felix Jimenez Chino (Mexico, 20th Century) colored ink pen on paper drawing of figures in a desert landscape with a decorative border. Signed "Felix. Jimenez" lower center. Adhered to a cardstock backing. Sight: 5 3/4" H x 8" W. Backing: 9 1/4" H x 11 1/2" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: 1st item: Overall very good condition. 2nd item: Crease and small tear in lower right corner, approximately 1/2". 3rd item: Overall very good condition with slight creasing to boarder. [See more photos →]

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874 Lot 874: 2 Alyne Harris Folk Art American Flag Paintings 2 Alyne Harris Folk Art American Flag Paintings Lot 874: 2 Alyne Harris Folk Art American Flag Paintings

Two (2) Alyne Harris (American, b. 1943) Folk Art American flag paintings including one (1) large acrylic on polyester textile with thick layering of paint, and one (1) small framed acrylic on board painting rendered with heavy impasto. Both signed "Alyne Harris" lower right corners, small painting additionally signed en verso. Large: 21" H x 27 1/2" W. Small: sight: 4 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W; framed: 8 3/4" H x 10 3/4" W.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: 1st item: Some craquelure throughout and losses along the edges due to heavy application of paint on soft medium. 2nd item: One area of residue near upper center of the work where something was laid on the surface before paint had dried. [See more photos →]

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875 Lot 875: 3 Alyne Harris Folk Art Paintings, Goat, Fish, & Winter Landscape 3 Alyne Harris Folk Art Paintings, Goat, Fish, & Winter Landscape Lot 875: 3 Alyne Harris Folk Art Paintings, Goat, Fish, & Winter Landscape

Three (3) Alyne Harris (Florida, b. 1943) folk art paintings. 1st item: Acrylic on board painting depicting two fish rendered with pink and grey paint against a white background. Signed lower left. Unframed. 20" H x 16" W. 2nd item: Acrylic on canvas winter landscape painting depicting a house with a snow-covered yard, two wagon wheels, barren trees, and a red bird perched on a branch. Signed lower right. Housed in a contemporary black frame. Sight: 15 1/2" H x 19 3/4" W. Framed: 17 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W. 3rd item: Acrylic on board painting of goat in a landscape under a blue sky. Signed upper left. Housed in a white painted wood frame. Sight: 8 3/4" H x 11 1/2" W. Framed: 11 1/2" H x 15" W. Note: Additional biographical excerpt available to winning bidder.

PROVENANCE: The Collection of Jay Justice, South Carolina.

CONDITION: 1st item: Light surface scratching. 2nd item: Overall very good condition. 3rd item: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

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876 Lot 876: Indian Joe Southern Folk Art Sculpture, Devil Fishing Indian Joe Southern Folk Art Sculpture, Devil Fishing Lot 876: Indian Joe Southern Folk Art Sculpture, Devil Fishing

Indian Joe (Georgia, 20th/21st Century) folk art sculpture titled "Devil-Fish-in" comprising assembled polychrome painted wood pieces depicting two angels casting figures into a fiery area with flame-like creatures below. The back panel is topped with a barred area inscribed "TODAY'S DEVIL CATCH" containing a flame-like creature from below, and an additional area labeled "SINNER'S BAIT SHOP" holding two figures. Titled lower center. Signed lower right. 16 1/2" H x 14 1/2" W x 11 1/2" D.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee; acquired Southside Gallery 2001; a copy of the original receipt is available to the winning bidder.

CONDITION: Overall good condition. [See more photos →]

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879 Lot 879: Two (2) pcs. Southern Folk Art: Wm. Gruber Painting & C. Fernsell Block Print Two (2) pcs. Southern Folk Art: Wm. Gruber Painting & C. Fernsell Block Print Lot 879: Two (2) pcs. Southern Folk Art: Wm. Gruber Painting & C. Fernsell Block Print

Two (2) Southern rural American scenes. 1st item: William Gruber oil on canvas painting titled "On the Old Mississippi" depicting two figures watching from the bank as a large white riverboat named the "Golden Eagle" passes by. They stand beneath the foliage of a weeping willow tree and under a cloudy blue sky. Signed "By Wm Gruber" lower right. Housed in a contemporary wood frame with foliate decoration. Sight: 19 3/4" H x 15 1/2" W. Framed: 24 1/4" H x 20 1/2" W. Note: Built in 1904, the Golden Eagle was a well-known riverboat that made national news when it sank on May 18, 1947. The vessel operated in packet trades on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers before becoming a tourist steamer. Source: Norrington, Keith; The Str. Golden Eagle Was a St. Louis Favorite; from The Waterways Journal Weekly, May 24, 2021. 2nd item: C. Fernsell hand-colored block print titled "Haying" depicting several African Americans with a horse team working in a field, with the sun rising or setting in the background. Signed and dated "C. Fernsell, 1952". Titled lower center. Housed in an ebonized wood frame with foliate decoration under glass. Sight: 7 3/4" H x 11" W. Both items 20th century.

PROVENANCE: The Estate of James Lewis, Carthage, Tennessee.

CONDITION: 1st item: Light grime and slight waviness to canvas. 2nd item: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

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887 Lot 887: Folk Art Carved Plaque, poss. Elijah Pierce Folk Art Carved Plaque, poss. Elijah Pierce Lot 887: Folk Art Carved Plaque, poss. Elijah Pierce

Carved and painted folk art wood plaque, attributed to Elijah Pierce (1892-1984), depicting a male and female couple standing face to face and holding hands. Unsigned. 10 5/8" H x 7 1/4" W. Biography: Pierce was the son of a former slave and was born in Mississippi. He began carving as a young child and eventually became a barber as a young man in Barbour, MS. He additionally gained his preacher's license in 1920. After the death of his first wife in childbirth, Pierce moved north to Columbus, Ohio where he married for a second time in 1923 and continued to practice his trade as a barber. After gifting a carved elephant to his second wife Cornelia who expressed great delight in his gift, Pierce began to carve more frequently. He carved throughout his life and was eventually befriended by Boris Gruenwald, a sculptor and graduate student at Ohio State University. Gruenwald became a promoter of Pierce's art and help to organize exhibitions in galleries of his work including the Krannert Art Museum, the Phyllis Kind Gallery of New York, the National Museum of American Art, and the Renwick Gallery. Pierce would go on to win first prize in the International Meeting of Naive Art in Zagreb, Yugoslavia and in 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a National Heritage Fellowship as one of 15 master traditional artists. After his death, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex recognized his work by naming the Elijah Pierce Gallery in his honor. The Columbus Museum of Art now owns over 300 of Pierce's pieces in their collection. (Adapted from: https://www.cscc.edu/elijahpierce/bio.htm).

PROVENANCE: Private Cincinnati, Ohio estate.

CONDITION: Unsigned. Overall good condition with some natural wood fissures and minor losses including one to the upper margin of the male figure's shirt. [See more photos →]

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