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Bill Traylor    (American, 1854-1947)

 Bill Traylor - Untitled, (Black Mule on White) (Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)) h: 11 x w: 13 in / h: 27.9 x w: 33 cm
Bill Traylor
Untitled, (Black Mule on White) circa 1939-1942
 
 Bill Traylor - Untitled, (Blue and Red Construction with Running Dog and Figures) (Paintings) h: 11.8 x w: 7.8 in / h: 30 x w: 19.8 cm
Bill Traylor
Untitled, (Blue and Red Construction with Running Dog and Figures) circa 1939-1942
 
 Bill Traylor - Untitled, (Milking) (Paintings)
Bill Traylor
Untitled, (Milking) circa 1939-1942
 

Biographie
1854 Born in slavery at George Hartwell Traylor’s plantation, Benton, Alabama.
Traylor remained on the plantation until the age of 82 when it was sold.
1935 Moved to Montgomery, AL and work briefly in a shoe factory.
1936 - 1941 Left the shoe factory and begun to draw on the sidewalks of Montgomery.
Traylor typically worked on discarded pieces of cardboard in pencil, crayon, and tempura.
Met Charles Shannon, an Alabama painter. Shannon promoted Traylor’s work and encouraged him to continue painting.
1942 Traylor moved north to live with his daughter where his left leg amputated due to gangrene. Traylor stop produced drawings until after the end of WWII, at which point his skills have deteriorated.
1949 Died in Montgomery, AL

Expositions
1997 Bill Traylor, Ricco Maresca Gallery, NY
1997 High Singing Blue, Hirschl & Adler Modern New York, NY
1997 High Singing Blue, Carl Hammer Gallery Chicago, IL
1996 Self-Taught: The Last 100 Years, Guston, Basquait, John McEnroe Gallery New York, NY
1995 A World of Their Own, Twentieth-Century American Folk Art, The Newark Museum Newark, NJ
1995 Dust Tracks on a Road, Four Southern Artist, High Museum of Art Atlanta, GA
1994 - 1995 Passionate Visions of the South: Self Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, , San Diego Museum of Art San Diego, CA
1994 - 1995 Passionate Visions of the South: Self Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, New Orleans Museum of Art New Orleans, LA
1994 - 1995 Passionate Visions of the South: Self Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, University Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
1994 - 1995 Passionate Visions of the South: Self Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, University of California Berkely, CA
1994 - 1995 Passionate Visions of the South: Self Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, DC
1994 - 1995 Passionate Visions of the South: Self Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC
1994 - 1995 Lively Times & Exciting Events: The Drawings of Bill Traylor, El Paso Museum of Art El Paso,TX
1994 - 1995 Lively Times & Exciting Events: The Drawings of Bill Traylor, The Cummer Gallery of Art Jacksonville, FL
1994 - 1995 Lively Times & Exciting Events: The Drawings of Bill Traylor, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Madison, GA
1994 - 1995 Lively Times & Exciting Events: The Drawings of Bill Traylor, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Montgomery, AL
1994 - 1995 Pictures from the Bill Traylor Family Trust and Others, Hirschl & Adler Modern New York, NY
1994 Bill Traylor, Davis & Langdale Company, Inc. New York
1993 Bill Traylor, Freedman Gallery,Albright College Reading, PA
1992 Bill Traylor, Hirschl & Adler Modern New York, NY
1992 Traylor/Shannon, Charles Shannon, Carl Hammer Gallery Chicago, IL
1991 Bill Traylor, Ricco/Maresca New York, NY
1941 , , Fieldston School New York, NY
1940 (1st Exhibition of Traylor's drawing), New South Art Center Montgomery, AL
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