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 lived and continued to work on his art.

Sadly, Big Al has since passed away. He had been in ill health for quite some time. He and his unique art will be greatly missed.

 

 

 

 

“Big Al's Shoe Shines Professional”

G-214-6


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

Signed

$150

Side 1

Reverse

"No Money No Egg's"

G-218-16


6 7/8" x 9"


paint on slate

Two sided

Signed

dated 2006

 

Side 1

Side 2

"Foxy Momma"

#G-218-17

20" x 30"
Signed and dated 2005

Pre Katrina

 

on wood-  two sided

Big Al attached two metal clips at the bottom so it could be attached to a wood base or it can be hung from the wire at the top.


 

 

"Dog is your Best Pal"

#G-218-10

12" x 16"
Signed and dated 2005

on slate -

painted early in 2005 survived Hurricane Katrina


 

"Blue Moons and Sweet Kisses"
#G-218-18

15 1/2" x 11 1/2" slate

18 1/2" x 14 1/2" overall with frame

paint on slate

artist framed

 

This was a favorite of Big Al - it hung in his home and survived Hurricane Katrina

Signed

 

 

 

 

 

 

"No Money Eat Later"

#G-218-2

12" x 12"

Paint on slate

Post Katrina - 2006

$235

 

 

 

"God Bless America"
#G-218-14

15 3/4" x 8 3/4"

paint on slate

survived Katrina

Dated 2001

Signed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Your A Liar"

#G-218-4

12" x 12"

paint on slate -

signed and dated 2007

$235

 

 

 

                                          

 

 

"What Goes Around Comes Around"

#G-217-4

12" x 12"

signed and dated 2009 on slate

bright colors very good condition

 

$215

 

 

 

                         

 

                      

"The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways"

#G-218-5

16" x 12"

paint on slate

 

Signed and

dated 2005

$275

 

 

 

 

"No Money No Eggs No Grits"

 #G-218-6

14" x 10"

signed and dated 2005 paint on slate - pre-Katrina from his home in New Orleans

$235

"If You Like This Art"

#G-218-7

16" x 12"

signed, dated 2003 pre-Katrina

on slate

$260

 

 

"Going To Jail"

#G-218-8

16" x 12"


paint on slate

signed and dated appears to be 2000

Read "Goke (coke) is dark" line first, "Go'ing to Jail line last"!

$260

 

 

 

"Big Chief Running Shoe"

#G-217-6

18" x 12 1/4"

signed and dated 2001 pre-Katrina

paint on slate

$260

"No Runny No Eggs No Grits"

#G-218-9

16" x 12"

signed and dated 2005

paint on slate

$260

                         

"Beignet Coffee"

#G-2014-1

12" x 12"

paint on slate

signed and dated 2007

$195

 

"Pu A Heart Into Your Shoes"

#G-218-11

14" x 10"

signed and dated 2000

paint on slate

 

"Jesus Says Buy More Folk Art"

#903

signed and dated 2005

paint on wood

16" x 10 5/8"

$230

"A Happy Shoe is a Foxy Shoe"

#G-218-12

10" x 16"

signed and dated 2004

paint on slate

 

"Big Al's Professional Shoe Shines Stop"

#G-218-13

14" x 10"

signed dated 2002 on slate

Reverse

“I've Gone To The Quarter"

12" x 8 1/2"


paint on slate

two sided

Dated 2004

Signed


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