Untitled

  • Leroy Person, Untitled, ca. 1975, polychrome carved wood and metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, 2016.38.44

Leroy Person lived near Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. He built his own home, and to decorate its windowsills and doorways, developed a distinctive style of saw-blade cuts into wood. He rubbed the wood with crayon, giving it a waxy sheen and color. He subsequently made an array of grooved and crosscut sculptural objects and home furnishings, including a fence from carved tree limbs. Person became known for unique chairs, small tables such as the one seen here, and carvings of woodland creatures such as snakes and birds. Some of his works are incised with a partially legible, code-like script, which Person devised to record his own views, beyond the boundaries of his limited formal education.
(We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection, 2022)
Title
Untitled
Artist
Date
ca. 1975
Location
Dimensions
38 78 × 17 × 16 14 in. (98.7 × 43.2 × 41.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson

Mediums Description
polychrome carved wood and metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2016.38.44
Palette
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