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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Folk Art: Folk Sculpture: Angel of Death

Robert Windham

(born Ebenezer, AL 1911 -- died Ebenezer, AL 1993)

Robert Windham was born in Pike County, Alabama, and spent most of his life on the family farm. He started drawing and whittling as a child and took it up again after retiring from the farm. Windham rarely made a sketch before starting a carving. Instead he worked directly from his imagination by roughing out the forms first with an ax and then adding details using knives, files, and sandpaper.