MOSE TOLLIVER (1919-2006)


Mose Tolliver first gained recognition as a self-taught artist when he was included as one of the twenty artists in the 1981 Corcoran exhibition Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980. Tolliver began painting late in life following a work-related accident in a furniture factory that left him crippled and walking on crutches or in a wheelchair.

Tolliver painted on salvaged building materials using house paint left over from home redecorating projects often, that friends and neighbors would supply him. He also painted various objects – wooden boxes, trays, pieces of furniture, chairs and the like that fell into his hands – objects which might be likened to painted sculptures because of their three-dimensional qualities.1

1 Robert Cargo Folk Art Gallery