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American Folk Art of the Twentieth Century by Jay Johnson

By Jay Johnson

This illustrated advisor to American folks artists and their paintings spans a century of painters from Grandma Moses to Kathy Jakobsen and covers such media as sculpture, pottery, and cloth creations.

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These remarkably ingenious 46 figures, of Clark Girl ca. Coe on a Pig 1910 Carved and painted wood, articulated; 37" high Collection of Herbert Hemphill, Jr. W. The Reverend Richard P. Cooper Although he was born in the city of Pittsburgh, the Reverend Richard P. Cooper has spent most of his life in the Pennsylvania farm country, and the sights and ways of that land have inspired his work. Born in 1938, Cooper did not begin to paint until 1975, but he had been interested in art for a long time and comes from a line of artists, most prominent of whom was a Scottish great grandfather who was a portrait painter.

Born in Cannon, Georgia, in 1916, and now a resident of Atlanta, Cartledge was employed for decades in the cotton trade and then worked as a salesman for a Sears Roebuck store until his retirement in 1982. He always devoted his spare time in the evenings to carving. When he was growing up in small-town Georgia, most young boys carried a pocketknife, and whittling was an accepted way to pass the time for young and old alike. Although Cartledge carved such things as guns and knives, he lost interest in the craft as he grew older, and it was not until late in life tual that the purchase of a set of first he made X-Acto knives rekindled his love for wood carving.

Cooper has spent most of his life in the Pennsylvania farm country, and the sights and ways of that land have inspired his work. Born in 1938, Cooper did not begin to paint until 1975, but he had been interested in art for a long time and comes from a line of artists, most prominent of whom was a Scottish great grandfather who was a portrait painter. Unlike many folk artists, Cooper has an acute critical sense that made him reluctant to paint: because of his education, background, and the fact that his wife was an art major in college, he was afraid his work would be criticized.

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