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1995 O. L. "Geech" Samuels Born: Wilcox County, Georgia 1931 carved and painted wood, glass, and glitter 45 1/2 x 39 x 10 in. (115.6 x 99.1 x 25.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.84 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B


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Luce Center Quote

"There's a story to go with everything, and the stories just keep popping out." O. L. Samuels, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide, 1996

Luce Center Label

Ossie Lee "Geech" Samuels believes that the shape of the wood determines what he carves. His surreal sculptures show a wide variety of subjects, including unicorns, real and fantastical animals, family members, black heroes, and futuristic automobiles. Although he is color-blind, Samuels paints his sculptures with an array of colors and a "secret mixture" of sawdust, glitter, and glue. (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide, 1996, and Betty-Carol Sellen, Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art, 2000)

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Animal - dog

sculpture

folk art

glass

paint

readymade - glitter

wood

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