Dog

  • O. L. "Geech" Samuels, Dog, 1995, carved and painted wood, glass, and glitter, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.84

Luce Center Label

Ossie Lee "Geech" Samuels believes that the shape of the wood determines what he carves. His surreal sculptures show a wide variety of subjects, including unicorns, real and fantastical animals, family members, black heroes, and futuristic automobiles. Although he is color-blind, Samuels paints his sculptures with an array of colors and a "secret mixture" of sawdust, glitter, and glue. (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide, 1996, and Betty-Carol Sellen, Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art, 2000)

Luce Object Quote
"There's a story to go with everything, and the stories just keep popping out." O. L. Samuels, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide, 1996
Title
Dog
Artist
Date
1995
Location
Dimensions
45 1/2 x 39 x 10 in. (115.6 x 99.1 x 25.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood, glass, and glitter
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – dog
Object Number
1997.124.84
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI
Audio

Dog
1995, carved and painted wood, glass, and glitter

O. L. "Geech" Samuels
Born: Wilcox County, Georgia 1931

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