A beautiful piece by artist Annie Tolliver, daughter of the late Moses Tolliver. This piece was painted in early 1996. The piece is titled "Nine Neice Eating Watermelon." Note that neice is spelled incorrectly. Work is done on board and is in excellent condition with minimal wear as shown. This is a particularly rare piece due to the fact that there are nine nieces shown instead of the usual six. Piece measures 39 1/2 inches long by 12 inches high.

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Born March 20, 1950

Montgomery, Alabama

Annie is the daughter of artist Mose Tolliver and Willie Mae Tolliver. She can vividly remember drawing animals with sticks in the dirt as a child , and making clay houses and figures around their Sternfield Alley house. “This was one of my favorite ways to pass the time.” She attended school through the ninth grade, but dropped out to become a mother at age seventeen, and to marry artist L.W. Crawford.

While rearing her three children there was little time to paint. Annie worked cleaning houses, hospitals, restaurants and motels. “I was very interested in my Daddy’s work. He would often show us how he painted things and encouraged all of us in the family to try painting also.” Through years of being exposed to her father’s paintings, she and her brothers, Charles and Jimmy, took a greater interest in his work. “My paintings were sold as Mose T’s for about five years until the Fall of 1990. One day someone announced they would buy my paintings if I would put my name on them. With Mose’s permission I signed my work. When that happened, I decided to go on my own. At first I tried to paint just as Mose, then I wanted to paint what I liked and now that’s all I want to do.”

Annie’s work has been included in many important books and exhibitions including one organized by the American Women’s Museum in Washington, D.C. which toured various partsof the country.

She put her art career aside for a couple of years to care of her Father after his stroke and blindness. After his death, she resumed painting full time. “My paintings are about what makes me smile–my children, my family and funny animals. I enjoy painting and now I know that I’ll never give it up. It’s in my blood.”

Annie Tolliver of Moses Tolliver Folk Art Piece

$700.00 Regular Price
$525.00Sale Price
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