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Woodie Long
American, 1942–2009

Untitled (Two Figures Picking Watermelons)

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American
28 in. x 10 1/2 in. (71.12 cm x 26.67 cm)
Medium and Support: Paint on metal panel
Accession Number: 2010.0017.0005

Credit Line: Gift of Ron Drinkard

Woodie Long was a housepainter for many years, however, after 25 years, his profession took a toll on his health, and his doctor urged him to stop painting houses in 1987. Instead, he began working on paper and other materials to portray memories from growing up as a sharecropper's son. He states, "I was born to paint—I always loved painting. Painting makes me feel content and complete. Through my paintings I can leave a lot of memories for my kids."

Untitled (Two Figures Picking Watermelon) illustrate Long's technique of using quick, almost calligraphic brushstrokes to create figures. He then applied solid colors to fill in the backgrounds resulting in jubilant scenes filled with patterns and bright colors.

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