Alfred “Big Al” Taplet

Big Al Taplet first began painting old pieces of slate to advertise his Jackson Square shoe shine stand in New Orleans. Big Al would hang his signs on the fence and in the trees surrounding his stand to attract customers. His bold, colorful graphic signs with humorous sayings began to attract folk art collectors as well as the intended shoe shine customers. Big Al Taplet, along with his lighthearted creations, is listed in “Comtemporary American Folk Art, A Collector’s Guide” Rosenak and “Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk Art”, Betty-Carol Sellen.

After enduring and surviving Hurricane Katrina, Big Al moved to Texas where he

is currently living and working on his art.

 

 

 

 

“Big Al's Shoe Shines Professional”

G-214-6


12" x 6 1/2"
paint on corrugated metal

Signed

$150

 

 

"Don't Bug Me"
#ToBr4

16" x 10"


Signed and dated 2005

On Slate - very nice condition

$250

 

 

 

 

“Beignet and Coffee”
12" x 12"

Paint on slate

Post Katrina - 2007

$195

 

 

 

“Be Nice or Go Away”

G-214-5


11' x 10 1/4"

paint on slate

some chipping lower right corner- survived Katrina

Dated 2002

Signed

$175

 

 

 

 

“No Money No Hot Dogs”

16" x 10"

Paint on slate

Signed - Survived Katrina

SOLD

 

       Side One

Reverse

"No Runny No Egg's”
(Two Sided)

#G-214-1

13 3/4" x 12"

Signed, not dated but pre-Katrina, it can be cleaned - this is how Big Al retrieved this piece after immediately after Katrina.

Paint on wood

SOLD

 

 

 

 

                      

“Big Al

The Family Shoe Man”

G-214-7


15 1/4" x 10 1/4"
paint on slate

chipping on left side and bottom

Signed

$95

 

 

 

 

 

“No Money No Eggs

No Grits ”

G-214-4


12" x 12"
paint on slate

Excellent condition

Dated 2008

Signed

$225

 

"No Money No Eggs No Grits"
#G-214-2

14" x 10 1/4"


paint on slate

Signed and dated 2005

Excellent condition

SOLD

 

 

"Big Al's Boots"
G-214-3

16" x 12"


paint on slate
This is a pre-Katrina piece although it is

not dated

$225

 

 

 

“Walkin To New Orleans”
16" x 10"
paint on slate
This is a pre - Katrina piece - it is unsigned, but Big Al will sign it on the front or back for the buyer

SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If Your Shoes Are Sick

Bring Them to Big Al The Shoe Doctor”

16" x 12"
paint on slate

Dated 2003

Signed

Excellent condition

SOLD

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