Marcia Weber Art Objects Contact the Gallery

 

 

Major offerings
by these artists:

Leroy Almon
Alpha Andrews

Hope Atkinson
Michael Banks
Rudolph Bostic
Anne Buffum
Richard Burnside
Lisa Cain
Tory Casey
Calvin Cooper
Cornbread
Ed Crowell II
Brenda Davis
Theresa Disney
Mike Esslinger

Howard Finster
Don Gahr
Sybil Gibson
Lee Godie
Dorethey Gorham
Annie Grgich
Haitian Artists
Herman Hayes
Spencer Herr
Teneco Hunter
James Harold Jennings
Jean Lake
Arbon Lane
Eric Legge
Woodie Long
Peter Loose
Annie Lucas
Charlie Lucas
Erika Marquardt
Frank McGuigan
R.A. Miller
Roy Minshew
Roger Mitchell
Bennie Morrison
J.B. Murry
Bruce New
Pak Nichols
B.F. Perkins
John Phillips
Sarah Rakes
Clay Rice
Ruth Robinson
William Sezah
Welmon Sharlhorne
Bernice Sims
Jimmie Lee Sudduth
Ionel Talpazan
Wanda Teel
Annie Tolliver
Mose Tolliver
Della Wells
Myrtice West
Mary Whitfield
David Zeldis
Malcah Zeldis

Other artists in
the Gallery::

Minnie Adkins
Anonymous Artists
Z.B. Armstrong
Pat Astoske
Ray Brown
Jerry Coker
Chuck Crosby
Vic Genaro
Alma Hall
Bertha Halozan
Joseph Hardin
Lonnie Holley
M.C. "5 Cent" Jones
Andy Kane
Fred Kessler
Reverend J.A. King
Calvin Livingstone
Hogg Mattingly
Jessie Lee Mitchell
Reginald Mitchell
Matilda Pennic
John Rhodes
Juanita Rogers
Jack Savitsky
Robert E. Smith
Julia Wilson Starke
Q.J. Stephenson
William Thompson
Tolliver Family
Bill Traylor
Daniel Troppy
Elmira Wade
Derek Webster
Fred Webster
Annie West
Willie White
Aritst Chuckie Williams
Artis Wright

Myrtice West

Myrtice West

Myrtice West has painted some of the most passionate and important work in the field of contemporary folk art.  Her life story is a most fascinating one.  When asked, Myrtice West eagerly explained what is symbolized and why in each painting.  The interpretation of her religious art is a responsibility that she took more seriously than eating or sleeping at times.

Myrtice West was born in l923 in Cherokee County, Alabama.  She lived most of her life within a few miles of her birthplace on a farm in the foothills of north Alabama  She married at an early age and within a few years was told that she could never bear a child.   Unhappy, she began to paint and draw for therapy.  She spent years painting scenes from her area on whatever she could find, often painting over old discarded paintings. She was fascinated with photographs and sometimes would paint over them.  Then after seventeen years, she became pregnant.  “We were like Sarah and Abraham, having a baby at our age.  But God answered my prayers.”  When a daughter was born, she began painting some religious scenes.

It was not until years later that Myrtice was “called to paint Revelations.”   This  occurred in a series of night visions, according to Myrtice.  She prepared the largest surface she could find.  Myrtice said that her hand did not draw that first painting of Revelations that was created in the middle of the night.  “I was as surprised as my husband when the sun came up and we seen what I  painted all night!”   She was driven, obsessed, to paint these oil paintings, often working six hours a day.   When one was completed, another chapter of Revelations followed.

Tragedy struck soon after she began painting Revelations --her daughter was brutally murdered.   “Revelations  manifested itself in my life.” Her two young grandchildren  became Myrtice’s responsibility. Through it all, the urge to paint was not ignored.  After eight years of work, Myrtice completed two series of works: depicting the  story of Revelations--  One set to be kept together, another set to be separated, “just as God wanted me to.”  

Myrtice continued to paint series from the Bible during the 1990’s, including the whole books of Ezekiel and Daniel.  She was honored by the Alabama State Arts Council several times and her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums. 

In early 2000 tragedy struck again.  The antebellum home that Myrtice had lived in for most of her adult life burned to the ground.  Only a few of the paintings in her possession survived the fire.  She moved to an apartment nearby and lived with her granddaughter and great-grandchild until her death in 2010. 

---Marcia Weber

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