Mose Tolliver

 Mose Tolliver, one of the elder statesmen of folk art, was born July 4, 1915 (to 1920 - the exact date and year are in question) in Pike Road community near Pintala, Alabama. Mose T, as he has become known, moved to Montgomery as a teenager soon after his father died and worked there for many years as a gardener, farmer, and house painter before an accident in the late 1960’s left him with crushed legs and precipitated a period of drunken depression. Encouraged by a former employer to take up painting, Mose T picked up a paintbrush, found his calling and the world of folk art was forever enriched. A self taught artist, Mose began to paint in his trademark 2 to 3 color palette of housepaint, compulsively creating his own unique paintings of birds, snakes, flowers and tree forms - later adding people and other animals. Since the early 1980’s his works have been widely exhibited in many folk art galleries and museums and have been increasingly collected over the years. Mose Tolliver is recognized today as one of the most important folk artists in the nation.  

 

Mose Tolliver is part of numerous permanent folk art collections including:
Birmingham Museum of Art
Akron Art Museum
Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art

Many folk art exhibitions show Mose Tolliver works including:
Retrospective, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Passionate Visions of the American South, New Orleans, LA

 

Southern Visionary Folk Art Gallery is priviledged to offer these works by

Mose Tolliver and greatly saddened to hear of his passing on October 30, 2006.

These Mose Tolliver works and others that are not currently shown here are part of a collection that we acquired from a Montgomery family who took them in trade from Mose over a period of years. Please e-mail the gallery for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

"Dance of the Flowers"

#90

10" x 12 1/2"

house paint on wood

$225

 

 

"Green Lizard"

#84

 12" x 13 3/4"

house paint on wood

$250

 

 

"Plum Chicken"

#4

13 3/4" x 12"

house paint on wood

SOLD

"Black Eyed Susans"

#110

14 1/2" x 24"

irregular shape

house paint on wood

$325

"Lilies"

#46

 

12" x 24"

house paint on wood

$375

Double Snake

#AB

12 1/4" x 24"

house paint on wood

$495

 

 

 

Angel Chair

Painted old oak school house chair

25" x 14" x 13"

 

This could just be the perfect

"time out" chair you have been looking for - turn that little devil into an angel!

 

$595

 

 

 

 

Pot Bellied Stove

#88

14 1/2" x 14 1/2"

house paint on wood

SOLD

 

Red Bird

#224

12" x 11"

house paint on wood

SOLD

 

 

 

"Self Portrait"

#215

12" x 24"

house paint on wood

$450

 

 

Self Portrait

#64

12" x 24"

house paint on wood

$425

 

 

Freedom Bus

#65

24" x 11 3/4"
house paint on wood


$475

 

Lady With Purse

#121

12 1/4" x 36"

$625

 

Star Flowers & Magnolia Blossoms

#114

24" x 23 3/4"

house paint on wood

Circa 1976

$595

 

"Pine Tree"

#71

12" x 24"

House paint on wood

$400

 

Snowman

#545

21 1/4" x 22"
house paint on wood

Circa 1988

SOLD


 

"Cotton Plant"

#44

12" x 24"

House paint on wood

$450

 

 

 

Spotted Turtle

#230

20 1/2" x 18"

house paint on wood

 

$450

 

 

"Green Spotted Eagle"

#36

24" x 12"

House paint on wood

$450

 

 

Red Watermelon

#96

15 3/4" x 8 1/4"

house paint on wood

$500

 

"Self Portrait"

#67

12" x 24"
house paint on wood

$425

Turkey

#57

23 ¾” x 11 ¼”
house paint on wood


SOLD

 

Candy Man

#113

17" x 32"
house paint on wood
Mid 1980's

$625

Steppin Out

#62

12" x 24"
house paint on wood

$425

 

 

Self Portrait

(#15)

12" x 24"

house paint on wood

$475

 

Self Portrait

#26

12" x 24"
house paint on wood

SOLD

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Black Lady

#16

12” x 24”
house paint on wood


$450

 

"Self Portrait"

#47


12" x 24"


house paint on wood


SOLD

Green Moose Lady

#264

18 5/8” x 11 ¾”
1982
house paint on scrap wood paneling

$495

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