Mose Tolliver (c. 1921–2006) was first drawn to painting in his teenage years, making use of the materials he found around him, painting on bones, roots, the glass of discarded television screens, and postcards. It wasn’t until the late 1960s, when he was forced to retire after a workplace accident left him unable to walk, that he pursued painting full-time. Working primarily with house paint on plywood, Tolliver was prolific, creating countless iterations of his favorite subjects, including religious scenes, real and fantastical animals, erotica, people (real and imagined), and self-portraits.
Mose Tolliver’s work is in numerous museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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