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Moses Ernest Tolliver (July 4, 1918-20 - October 30, 2006).

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Black Jesus. Housepaint on plywood. 32 1/4 x 15 1/2. The vertical and horizontal pieces are 6 inches wide. Good original condition. Signed horizontally 'MOSET' lower center. $3,000.

Black Snake Hanging from its Tail. Housepaint on plywood. 28 1/2 x 3 x 1/4 inches. Good condition apart from some splits in the wood. Signed 'MOSET' horizontally, center right. $950.

Chicken. Housepaint on plywood. 11 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 3/4 inches. Minor paint loss. Some splits in the wood, noticeable mainly on the verso. Lacking a beer/soda can tab hanger. Signed 'MOSET', lower right. $750

French Orchids. Housepaint on plywood. 12 x 13 3/4 x 3/4 inches. A knot inherent in the wood, lower center; several splits in the wood, visible mostly on the verso, otherwise good condition. Lacking a beer/soda can tab hanger. Signed 'MOSET' lower right.$1,500

[Jump Up.] Housepaint on plywood. 16 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 1/2 inches. Knots holes inherent in the wood, several splits, minor paintloss. Signed 'MOSET' lower right. $1,250.

[Mule and Tree. ] Housepaint on plywood. 15 x 16 1/4 x 1/2 inches. Signed 'MOSET' lower right. Knots and holes in the wood, several splits, paint loss notably on 2 small areas on the edges. Lacking a beer/soda can tab hanger. Signed 'MOSET' lower center. $1,500

Prissy Lady. Housepaint on plywood. 15 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 13/4 inches. Signed 'MOSET' Signed, lower right. Knot holes and splits inherent in the wood; scattered paint loss. Signed 'MOSET' lower right. $1,250

Self Portrait in Blue.. 1993. House paint on plywood. 32 x 16x 5/16 inches. Signed 'MOSET" lower left. Exhibited: "Outside In an exhibit of exceptional Outsider Art." Friday, July 5, 2013, 6-9 pm. Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, R.I. The nail holding the original hanging tab has come through and split the plywood on the top. The wood is currently stable. Replacement hanging hardware has been added. $3,000.

Self Portrait in Red with Walking Sticks.. House paint on plywood. 33 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1/2 inches. A few scratches with paint loss, otherwise good condition. Signed 'MOSET' lower center. $3,000.

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Tolliver was born one of 12 children to sharecroppers Ike and Laney Tolliverin the Pike Road community, near Montgomery, Alabama. His exact year of birth is unknown, though it is known he was born on the Fourth of July. He attended school only until the third grade due to a self-described lack of interest in education. In the 1930s, the family moved to Montgomery, Alabama where he helped support his parents and their large family by doing odd jobs.

In the late 1960s, Mose Tolliver was forced to retire from his job in a Montgomery, Alabama, furniture factory after a thousand-pound crate of marble fell from a forklift and crushed his legs. He turned to creating images with house paint on pieces of plywood, masonite, or old furniture. Unable to stand without crutches, he used to sit on his bed to paint, balancing the board on his knees. Recognition came in the 1980s with a solo show at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and a folk art exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery, in Washington, D.C. Tolliver is known for his vibrant images of stylized fruits, flowers, women, fantasy animals, and religious subjects.

Tolliver died from pneumonia at age circa 82 on October 30, 2006, in Montgomery, Alabama.

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