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 early 1940s he married his childhood friend, Willie Mae Thomas, and had 13 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood. During the late 1960s, after a severe injury (his legs were crushed when a load of marble shifted and fell from a forklift as he was sweeping in the furniture factory), he turned to painting to combat boredom, pain and long hours of idle time.He would often turn his paintings upside-down and paint the picture of perhaps an animal and landscape positioned from various directions. Tolliver's titles are wildly divergent; e.
"Smoke Charlies", "Scopper Bugs" or "Jick Jack Suzy Satisfying her own Self". Tolliver died from pneumonia at age 82 on October 30, 2006, in Montgomery, Alabama. Tolliver signed his work, "MoseT" with a backward "s".
He regularly worked with "pure house paint" on plywood, creating whimsical and sometimes erotic pictures of animals, humans, and flora. His familiar themes also included watermelons and birds. Tolliver's painting style is referred to as flat, full frontal or straight profile with a muted palette. A "Quail Bird" may glide over a cotton field, or a spread-leg "Diana" or "Moose Lady" may be straddled over an exercise bicycle rack. Never able to walk well following his injury, he painted many self portraits with crutches or would sit on his bed and balance whatever surface he was painting on, on his knees.
Tolliver's themes were drawn from his own experiences. Tolliver's work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, and at the Philadelphia College of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The item "Original African American Painting by Black Folk Artist Moses Tolliver" is in sale since Tuesday, July 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".
The seller is "cowboy280" and is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.