Southern Coin Silver and Antiques from Shelton Gallery

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Directory: Fine Art: Sculpture: Wood: Pre 2000: item # 1074746

Please refer to our stock # SRHeadlessMa when inquiring.

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Shelton Gallery and Fine Silver
5133 Harding Road B-10-PMB-392
Nashville, TN 37205

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SULTON ROGERS (b. 1922-d. 2004) was the last of the Mississippi self-taught wood carvers and one of the greatest. He settled in Syracuse, New York, and learned something about carving from his father when he was young, taking it up again when he needed something to keep him awake during night shifts at a chemical plant. He eventually moved back to Mississippi to be with his people. From sugar pine, Rogers fashioned snakes, vampires, "haints” (spirits), bodies in coffins, figures with humorous, twisted-looking faces, some religious matter, and some figures engaged in explicit sexual acts. His haunted houses, peopled with "haints", are prizes. Rogers' subjects are the result of a fertile imagination and visionary images that came to him in his dreams and he started carving when he woke up. He called these wood carvings "futures." He moved back home to Mississippi to be with his people after he retired. Sulton Rogers never signed his work because he was afraid the Internal Revenue would get him. Dimensions of this headless man in a red bikini are 8 inches in height x 3-1/4 inches at widest point. His work is featured in Kathy Moses' reference book "Outsider Art of the South," published by Schiffer.

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