American Folk Art of the Twentieth Century by Jay Johnson

By Jay Johnson

This illustrated advisor to American people artists and their paintings spans a century of painters from Grandma Moses to Kathy Jakobsen and covers such media as sculpture, pottery, and cloth creations.

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C. Following page: Mary Borkowski The Slap 1974 Silk, 20 wool, lace, and thread; A"x l 15" Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Getz 33 34 Emile Branchard Like their academic counterparts, folk subject matter. The artists often have distinct preferences as to painter Emile Branchard always preferred landscapes and rarely included people in his paintings. His stark paintings often rely for their effect on the sharp contrast between a muted background and much lighter frontal ele- ments. For example, in Trees and Rocks, a clump of dead white birch seems to leap out of the dark greens and browns of a pine grove.

Much more articulate than most folk painters, Cooper defines his work as dependent on color, design, and emotional content. He enjoys talking about his work with other people and even serves as "artist in residence" at local grammar schools. The works 48 of the Reverend Richard P. Cooper, which are customarily signed Cooper Wash Day Rev. Richard Monday Is P. 1978 Oil on canvas; 22" x 28" Private collection "Rev. Cooper," are in the permanent collections of the John Judkyn Memorial at Freshford Manor, Bath, England, and Pennsylvania's Johnstown Museum.

For Blocksma, the constructions become a his form of exorcism of personal devils. Dewey Blocksma's work has been included in exhibitions at the Mulvane Art Center in Topeka, Kansas, and at the Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts, New Canaan, Connecticut, where it was part of the Folk, Fantasy Expressionism exhibition. C. & 24 25 Dewey Douglas Blocksma Both Sides of the Brain 1982 Mixed media; 33" high Private collection Photo by Bill Buckner Peter "Charlie" Bochero Peter "Charlie" Bochero place among — famous those artists who as simply Peter Charlie — has an important cut themselves off from the world and, in lonely work from the public while creating fantastic universes that express their hopes and fears.

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