Learn More About Jimmie Lee Sudduth


About the Artist

Jimmie Lee Sudduth (alternate spelling Jimmy by many), one of America’s most famous outsider artists, was born on March 10, 1910, in Caines Ridge, Alabama. He grew up in the pre-60s South and as many blacks in those times had little formal education. A self-taught folk artist, at eight years old Jimmy Lee Sudduth was covering almost anything that didn’t move with his own “sweet mud” concoction of mud, berries, sugar, coffee grounds, and plants. Indians, animals, his dog Toto, mansions, and other fanciful imaginative works rendered in his signature medium on plywood have remained among his favorite subjects with the recent addition of house paint to add color to his works. A musician and wonderful storyteller as well as consummate contemporary folk artist, Jimmie Lee Sudduth continues to be widely collected and exhibited.
Jimmie (also spelled Jimmy by many) Lee Sudduth, a renowned, self-taught folk artist, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2007, at the age of 97.

Examples of Permanent Folk Art Collections, Which Include Jimmie Lee Sudduth Works:

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
American Folk Art Museum, New York
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

Representative Folk Art Publications Include:

“Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists,” Chuck and Jan Rosenak
“Revelations: Alabama’s Visionary Folk Artists,” Kemp and Boyer