Mose Tolliver (aka MoseT)
(active about 1920–2006)
Bird on Branch
North America, American, Alabama
14 3/8 in. x 16 3/8 in. x 1/4 in. (36.51 cm x 41.59 cm x 0.64 cm)
Medium and Support:
Acrylic on fiberboard
Tolliver used exclusively cast-off materials for almost everything he painted, particularly early in his production. As he became well-known in Montgomery, and eventually in collecting circles for self-taught artists, he began to take commissions to paint specific subjects and objects such as chests of drawers or other furnishings. He repeated subjects consistently over time, however, including birds in trees, which were popular with his clients. Those same clients were often the source of many of the cast-off supplies that he utilized in his art—the boards and paints were brought to him for "recyling" and he frequently compensated the donors with art.