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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Big Al's Shoe Shines Professional”

G-214-6


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

Signed

$125

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"No Money Eat Later"

#G-218-2

12" x 12"

Paint on slate

Post Katrina - 2006

$200

 

 

 

"God Bless America"


#G-218-14

 

15 3/4" x 8 3/4"

paint on slate

survived Katrina

Dated 2001

Signed

$225

 

 

 

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"No Runny Eggs"

#G-218-19

21" diameter

not signed or dated

paint

on trashcan lid

double sided

 

$200

 

 

                                          

 

 

"What Goes Around Comes Around"

#G-217-4

12" x 12"

signed and dated 2009 on slate

bright colors very good condition

 

$195

 

 

 

                         

 

                      

"The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways"

#G-218-5

16" x 12"

paint on slate

 

Signed and

dated 2005

$225

 

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"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

$200

"If You Like This Art"

#G-218-7

16" x 12"

signed, dated 2003 pre-Katrina

on slate

$225

 

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"Big Chief Running Shoe"

#G-217-6

18" x 12 1/4"

signed and dated 2001 pre-Katrina

paint on slate

$225

"No Runny No Eggs No Grits"

#G-218-9

16" x 12"

signed and dated 2005

paint on slate

$225

                       

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"Put A Heart Into Your Shoes"

#G-218-11

14" x 10"

signed and dated 2000

paint on slate

$225

 

"Jesus Says Buy More Folk Art"

#903

signed and dated 2005

paint on wood

16" x 10 5/8"

$225

"A Happy Shoe is a Foxy Shoe"

#G-218-12

10" x 16"

signed and dated 2004

paint on slate

$225

"Big Al's Professional Shoe Shines Stop"

#G-218-13

14" x 10"

signed dated 2002 on slate

$225

Reverse

“I've Gone To The Quarter"

#G-218-15

12" x 8 1/2"


paint on slate

two sided

Dated 2004

Signed


$200

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