Josephus Farmer

1894 - 1989 (Tennessee)

Pentecostal minister whose woodcarvings and banners, often utilising significant negative space, were used not only as preaching tools, but as lessons beyond the Bible to reflect on Black history. The exhibition features a particularly strong work illustrating a passage from the Old Testament.

Collections: Smithsonian Museum (Washington DC), High Museum (Atlanta).
Exhibitions: Made with Passion (1990), Smithsonian Museum (Washington DC).
Publications: Contemporary American Folk Art A Collector’s Guide (1996), C & J Rosenak; American Folk Art of the Twentieth Century (1983), J Johnson & W Ketchum.