- Great Outsider Art
carving of a Native American mans head. Life size
and in original paint. Carved by noted Monterey, Tennessee
folk artist Loranzo Dow Pugh (1906-1993). A section about
Pugh in Contemporary American Folk Artists by Elinor Lander
Horwitz includes a photograph of what appears to be the same
piece (absent a wig which belonged to Dow) at pg. 111 and will
be provided to the purchaser. His work has also been featured
in a display at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee
and sold at The Shelton Gallery in Nashville. (see also, Moses,
Outsider Art of the South @ pg. 229). As is the
case with almost all Outsider Artists, he was completely self-taught.
He lived alone in a remote area and used hickory, pine, buckeye
and poplar from the surrounding woods for his carvings, adorning
them with miscellaneous found items, such as the
olive shells used to fashion the handsome earrings on the subject
piece, which he may have gotten from a cousin who lived in Florida.
There are age cracks in the head, as shown in the photos,
some with old filler, but it is in surprisingly good condition.
Circa 1970s. Many thanks to John and Leslie Koelsch
for their help in identifying Mr. Pugh as the carver. Approximately
12" tall. (BV-1)