Mose Tolliver

Mose Tolliver, about 1990. Photograph by Chuck Rosenak, courtesy of the Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, ca. 1987-1998, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Name
Mose Tolliver
Also Known as
Mose T.
born Pike Road, AL 1919-died Montgomery, AL 2006
Active in
  • Montgomery, Alabama
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U.S. States
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Luce Artist Biography

In the late 1960s, Mose Tolliver was forced to retire from his job in a Montgomery, Alabama, furniture factory after a thousand-pound crate of marble fell from a forklift and crushed his legs. His former employer encouraged him to start painting, and Tolliver began to create images with house paint on pieces of plywood, Masonite, or old furniture. Unable to stand without crutches, he used to sit on his bed to paint, balancing the board on his knees. Recognition came in the 1980s with a solo show at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and a folk art exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery, in Washington, D.C. Tolliver is known for his vibrant images of women, fantasy animals, and religious subjects, and he could paint up to ten pictures in one day.

Works by This Artist

1985
oil on fiberboard with human hair
ca. 1982
oil on plywood
1985
oil-based paint on wood panel
1981
tempera on plywood
1978
oil on cardboard and wood