Denzil Goodpaster (B.1908-1995)
Born and raised in West Liberty, KY. He was a farmer, producing tobacco, corn, hay, caattle, and sorghum until he stopped at age sixty-five when he "got too old." He started carving his well-known walking sticks-sculptures in the round-in the 1970's when he quit farming.
He is known for his use of colourful and skillful carving. This exerciser is mid pose, lifting that leg high and scissoring her arms. A great depiction of capturing the essence of an aerobic exerciser. Dimensions 13"x 6" x 4"
His work is carried in galleries.
"Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists" by Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Abbeville Press, New York, 1990.
"20th Century American Folk, Self Taught, and Outsider Art" by Betty-Carol Sellen, Cynthia J. Johnson, Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York, 1993.
"Flying Free: Twentieth-Century Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Ellin and Baron Gordon" by Ellin Gordon, Barbara L. Luck and Tom Patterson, exhibit catalog for The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, 1997.
"Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Artâ€”A guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources" by Betty-Carol Sellen with Cynthia J. Johnson, 2000.
"American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies" by Florence Laffal and Julius Laffal, 2003.
Slotin Folk Art Auction Catalog, Masterpiece Sale, November 4, 2006