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Traylor is known for his intriguing use of pattern versus flat color, a sophisticated sense of space, and the simplified figures that give his work a startlingly modernist look. Using a stick for a straightedge, he created geometric silhouettes of human and animal figures which he then filled in with pencil, colored pencil, or poster paints.

Traylor is known for his intriguing use of pattern versus flat color, a sophisticated sense of space, and the simplified figures that give his work a startlingly modernist look. Using a stick for a straightedge, he created geometric silhouettes of human and animal figures which he then filled in with pencil, colored pencil, or poster paints.

Bill Traylor (1854-1949) - Creeping Black Critter. Poster Paint and Pencil on Cardboard. Circa 1939-1942.

Bill Traylor (1854-1949) - Creeping Black Critter. Poster Paint and Pencil on Cardboard. Circa 1939-1942.

Bill Traylor, Untitled, ca. 1939 - 1942, Poster paint and pencil on cardboard, 11 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.

Bill Traylor, Untitled, ca. 1939 - 1942, Poster paint and pencil on cardboard, 11 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.

UNDERTHESUN - Roy Arden

UNDERTHESUN - Roy Arden

Bill Traylor (c. 1854–1949) Montgomery, Alabama c. 1939–1942 Poster paint and pencil on cardboard 11 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, purchase with funds from Mrs. Lindsey Hopkins Jr., Edith G. and Philip A. Rhodes, and the Members Guild, 1982.93

Bill Traylor (c. 1854–1949) Montgomery, Alabama c. 1939–1942 Poster paint and pencil on cardboard 11 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, purchase with funds from Mrs. Lindsey Hopkins Jr., Edith G. and Philip A. Rhodes, and the Members Guild, 1982.93

Bill Traylor

Bill Traylor

Bill traylor

Bill traylor

William "Bill" Traylor (1854 – 1949) was a self-taught artist born into slavery on a plantation near Benton, in Lowndes County, Alabama. After emancipation, his family continued to farm on the plantation until the 1930s. In 1939, at age eighty-five, he moved to Montgomery. During the day, he sat on the sidewalk and drew images of the people and farm life. Traylor's art ranges from $25,000 upward of $200,000. Though he may have fathered as many as 20 children, his progeny owns none of his…

William "Bill" Traylor (1854 – 1949) was a self-taught artist born into slavery on a plantation near Benton, in Lowndes County, Alabama. After emancipation, his family continued to farm on the plantation until the 1930s. In 1939, at age eighty-five, he moved to Montgomery. During the day, he sat on the sidewalk and drew images of the people and farm life. Traylor's art ranges from $25,000 upward of $200,000. Though he may have fathered as many as 20 children, his progeny owns none of his…

Untitled Owl  Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard  13 x 7 inches  c. 1939-43

Untitled Owl Pencil and poster paint on found cardboard 13 x 7 inches c. 1939-43

History of SELF-TAUGHT & OUTSIDER ART : The Anthony Petullo Collection of SELF-TAUGHT & OUTSIDER ART

History of SELF-TAUGHT & OUTSIDER ART : The Anthony Petullo Collection of SELF-TAUGHT & OUTSIDER ART

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