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Man Playing Drums

1973 Steve Ashby Born: Delaplane, Virginia 1904 Died: Delaplane, Virginia 1980 incised, painted and assembled wood 12 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (31.7 x 11.4 x 7.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak 1982.114.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A

Luce Center Label

It may have been loneliness and newfound free time that drove Steve Ashby, a retired widower, to populate his property with colorful sculptures cut from plywood, painted, and embellished with found objects and personal items. Ashby favored expressiveness over realism, and characters such as Man Playing Drums reflect his preference for lively, colorful moments that evoke the uniquely human sounds of music and laughter.


Ethnic - African-American

Figure male - full length

Object - musical instrument - drum

Performing arts - music - drum


folk art