Sam Doyle: Haints and Saints
was written by Gordon W. Bailey. This article was excerpted from RV61, WInter 2007 Raw Vision Magazine.
Sam Doyle was born in 1906 on Saint Helena Island, South Carolina, the center of the region's Gullah community, where African influences thrived. He began making paintings on cast-off sheet metal and wood panels in 1944; most were portraits of people and events important to his community. In 1982, Doyle was featured in the seminal exhibition Black Folk Art in America: 1930-1980 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, which introduced the islander's impassioned artwork to a broader audience that included artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, who collected Doyle's work, and Ed Ruscha.
Known for a wide-ranging palette of vibrant colors, Doyle's approach to painting can be characterized as gestural figuration. This publication features information about Sam's life, the development of his outdoor museum and his working style. Several large reproductions of his work or working materials are included.
LACMA's exhibition Sam Doyle: The Mind's Eye
features this artist's work.
- 10 pages including inside covers, 11-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
- 10 color and 1 b&w illustrations