Lot 59
Willie Massey Folk Art Grouping, (KY, 1906-1990)
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The works being of painted wood, tin foil and found natural materials. Pencil-signed creations are an airplane on a stand (22 in.); (2) pairs of silhouette boxing gloves; a hatchet (12 in.) and a bloated lizard on an unpainted wooden base (DOA 5 x 11 in.). Unsigned pieces include a wheelbarrow with a shovel and rake, a well house, (2) small lizards and a garden cultivator.

Objects from the Bob Timberlake Collection, Lexington, NC

Selected objects from The Bob Timberlake Collection During the 70 years he worked as a tenant farmer, Massey learned to make things to satisfy his creative energy. He began creating sculptures and paintings after his wife's death in 1955. He is well known for fruitcrate birdhouses, tinfoil birds, interesting animals and airplanes. He died in 1990. His art was included in the exhibitions "African-American Folk Art in Kentucky", "Passionate Visions of the American South," and others. His work is in many permanent collections, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art and the Kentucky Folk Art Center. Bob Timberlake, an internationally acclaimed realist painter, furniture maker, author, and philanthropist lives in Lexington, North Carolina. Primarily known for his watercolor paintings, his depiction of life in his Native North Carolina has endeared his work to an international audience.

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