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Tin Man by Charlie Lucas, Ben Windham

Showcases the extraordinary life and work of an internationally significant Alabama folk artist.

Charlie Lucas is a self-taught artist. Although he has made art since childhood, only since a debilitating accident in 1984 did Lucas turn to art seriously as a form of personal expression. He has since become recognized nationally and internationally as a great innovator in the field of American folk art.

From his workshop in Pink Lily, Alabama—a rural wonderland of objects, sculptures, paintings, buildings, and installations—Charlie Lucas makes his art from materials that others have discarded (as he himself believes he was once discarded): old tin, bicycle wheels, shovels, car mufflers, tractor seats, metal banding, wire, and gears. His work is visionary, in every sense of the word, each creation the result of an intense communion with his heritage, ancestors, race, family, and his own choices in life. Every work is imbued with a story.

With more than 200 vivid color photographs—of the artist at work, his studio environments, and his finished creations—Tin Man presents Lucas through his own words and stories—his troubled and impoverished childhood, his self-awakening to the depths of his own artistic vision, his perseverance through years of derision and misapprehension, and the salvation that has come through international acclaim and recognition, love of family, and his role as a teacher of children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817316815
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chip Cooper is Artist-in-Residence in the Honors College at The University of Alabama and coauthor of Silent in the Land and Common Threads: Photographs and Stories from the South.
Ben Windham is the former editorial page editor ofThe Tuscaloosa News.

Robert Farris Thompson is the Colonel John Trumball Professor of the History of Art at YaleUniversity and the author of Flash of the Spirit.

Georgine Clarke is Visual Arts Program Manager at the Alabama State Council on the Arts and founding Director of the Kentuck Arts Festival in Northport, Alabama.

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DrThelmaMueller More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely beautiful, awe-inspiring account of the creative process in a unique primitive artist. The quality of Ben Windham's interviews with Mr. Lucas reach a depth unparaelled in the usual accounts of artists works. The photographs are magnificent. I am totally overwhelmed by this book! Dr. Thelma V. Mueller, Associate Professor Emerita, University of Alabama