Current Location:
Section E (OS) -> Shelf E3 (OS)
Location Notes:
IDC; Open Shelving; Section E; Shelf E3

Outsider Art ➔ Wind Toys

Artwork
Identifier:
1998.L048.1g
Artist:
David Butler
Medium:
Mixed Media
Date:
1998
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 2 ft Width: 3 ft
Note: approx.
Description:
Animal made from found objects, painted orange, green, white and black. Elephant with two anthropomorphic creatures on its back. Mounted on a stick.
Historical Context:
David Butler was born and spent most of his life in Louisiana where he worked many menial jobs throughout his life, having been illiterate. After retirement, he began creating sculptures and whirligigs from discarded tin, earning him the label of "environmentalist". The majority of his art represents Biblical and religious themes, and were stored and displayed in his small back yard. Utilizing unconventional art tools, he would carve his pieces with tin shears while shaping them with a meat cleaver. Many of his pieces are also embellished with found objects.