HELEN LAFRANCE/PORTRAIT BILL CLINTON/ SOUTHERN FOLK ART
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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 2000: item # 1118065
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Shelton Gallery and Fine Silver
5133 Harding Road B-10, PMB #392
Nashville TN 37205
|This extremely well done oil on canvas presidential folk art painting by Helen LaFrance(born 1919 in Kentucky. Helen LaFrance is a self-taught black artist who was born in 1919 Western Kentucky. Her specialty is memory paintings of the disappearing lifestyle of the rural South, although she has painted religious themes and floral studies, usually in oil on convas. She has painted since she was a small child, always following her mother's wisdom to "paint what you know." Not limited to two-dimensional media, she used to carve wooden animal sculptures and dolls and made wonderful quilts in addition to her memory paintings. LaFrance's work is held in many private collections, including Bryant Gumble and contemporary artist Red Grooms, and museums throughout the United States. She is featured in a chapter of Kathy Moses' definitive regference book, "Outsider Art of the South", published by Schiffer Ltd. This painting also has a full page illustration on page 152 of "Helen LaFrance: Folk Art Memories" by Kathy Moses with Bruce Shelton.|