Sibyl Gibson (Alabama, 1908-1995) outsider art painting, tempera on paper, of a brightly colored bird perched on a branch. Image is floated atop a mat and housed in a plain wood frame, Lyzon (Nashville) label en verso. Signed lower left. Sight: 9" x 6-1/2" (irregular). Framed: 12-1/4" x 10-1/4". Biography: Sybil Aaron Gibson was born in Dora, Alabama and studied at Jacksonville State Teacher's College, eventually becoming an elementary school teacher. She moved from Alabama to Florida in the 1940s and was not struck with the urge to paint until the age of 50. With no training, she used materials at hand: grocery bags and powdered tempera. Shortly before the opening of her first art exhibition at the Miami Museum of Modern Art in 1971, she disappeared, leaving drawings scattered about her yard; many were lost. She had a habit of disappearing from time to time and when she moved on, she simply left her paintings behind. The Miami show was well received, but not many works sold. Shortly after, she moved back to Alabama and entered a home for the elderly. She died at the age of eighty six. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of American Folk Art in New York, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Condition: 1/4" hole in bird's breast area and a couple of abrasions above signature. Painting is floated atop a cardboard mat. Not examined out of frame.
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