Jimmy Lee Sudduth
Born in Caines Ridge, Alabama in 1910, Jim Sudduth began painting at the age of 3. He is best known for his paintings made from dirt and mixtures of berries, grasses, and leaves. Sudduth claimed to be able to obtain 23 colors from the dirt and rocks around his house. The artist would use his forefinger and thumb to smear his concoctions on plywood panels, old boards, doors, and anything else he could paint on. His subjects ranged from Southern mansions to self-portraits, his dog (Toto) and postcard views of New York City.
Preface : Phillip March Jones
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition American Outsiders I : the Black South / African-American vernacular art, from june 19th to july 18th, 2009.
Co published with les éditions Le livre d’art, 2009.