On a strip of whitewashed fence, a gawky scrap-metal bird perches beside a weathered, hand-made metal airplane. Nailed beneath them is a sign, Tin Mens. It's just cast-off stuff people throw away, Charlie says. Like people who've been cast off, and everybody thinks they're worth nothing. I've been there, beat up, broken down, at the bototm.
But I had this dream in my head and that made me more than a piece of junk. The son of an auto mechanic, Lucas started using tools early on. With fourteen children sharing one rattletrap bike, he had to wait until night to get his turn.
He comes from six generations of folk artists, combining his grandfather's mechanical and automotive skills with his grandmother's basket-weaving and his great-grandfather's blacksmithing, to create his own unique style of sculpture. His work history varied, and after working at a hospital as a janitor, he had an accident that led to back surgery. The intense pain became the impetus for his creative surge.
He bends, welds and twists aluminum wire of larger than life people and beasts. He also paints on boards, often of his favorite animal, the dinosaur. Lucas claims to make toys for me to play with.
" He hopes in "these toys to convey compassion for mankind and other meaningful messages. Charlie says :To me I like for my colors to be real free, I like for them to be real loose with the characters that I put in it that they have a whole new life for lookin at things and to me it's a wonderful (thing to me or painting to me). And I like for people to understand that each one of my pieces is original that I don't attempt to never to copy off of one of them and I make sure that all of em's just my toys. He is one of folk arts ambassadors of fantasy and innocence, and more importantly, a true Alabama original. See more of his art at Anton Haardt's Gallery in New Orleans.
The item "Charlie Lucas Folk Art painting Outsider Horse African-American signed" is in sale since Tuesday, December 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Folk Art & Indigenous Art".The seller is "deepsouthc" and is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This item can be shipped worldwide.