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Portrait Head Paintbrush Tree

1991 Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack) Born: Chicago, Illinois 1948 Died: Atlanta, Georgia 2012 mixed media: bottlecaps, paintbrushes, and paint on wood 65 1/8 x 22 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (165.4 x 57.8 x 47.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum Purchase 1992.10 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Mr. Imagination created sculptures from discarded bottle caps, paintbrushes, pieces of wood, and industrial sandstone. The regal heads in many of his sculptures were inspired by a vision the artist had in which he looked in the mirror and “had a flash of myself in a regal outfit with a crown or some type of headdress on.” His sculptures often resemble trees or totems, and in this piece, bottle caps blanket a tower of wood, topped with a cluster of paintbrush heads.

Keywords

Fantasy

Figure - head

Object - foliage

Portrait group

sculpture - assemblage

folk art

mixed media

paint

wood

About Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack)

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1948 Died: Atlanta, Georgia 2012

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