Two (2) Sybil Gibson (Alabama, 1908-1995) outsider art mixed media on paper paintings. 1st item: Pastel on paper depicting a rooster surrounded by a white border. Signed lower right. Float mounted under glass in a wooden frame. Sheet – 16 1/4″ H x 12″ W. Sight – 19 5/8″ H x 15 5/8″ W. Framed – 22 1/4″ H x 18 1/4″ W. 2nd item: Pastel on paper portrait painting depicting an African American woman wearing a yellow hat and collared blouse, surrounded by a red border. Signed “Sybil Gibson MLK” lower right. Housed under glass in a wooden frame. Sight – 15 1/2″ H x 12″ W. Framed – 16 7/8″ H x 13 3/8″ W. American. Both mid 20th century. Provenance: Private Southern Collection. 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: 1st item: Overall good condition. Paper with crease lines, likely present before painting was executed. 1/2″ x 3/8″ area of paint loss, top left. 2nd item: Overall good condition with scattered minute foxing spots. Not examined outside of frame.
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