Oil painting -> List of Painters -> Bill-Traylor

Early Life:

      Bill-Traylor was a self-taught artist born an Alabama slave. Unable to read or write, he first began drawing in 1939 at the age of eighty-three. He worked full-time for the next four years to fabricate over eighteen hundred drawings. He used a straight edge to create geometric silhouettes of human and animal figures which he then filled in with crayon and tempera. He is known for his intriguing use of pattern versus flat color and a remarkably intuitive sense of space.



Personal Details



Place of birth

Lowndes County, Alabama

Date of Birth

April 1, 1854

Date of Death

October 23, 1949






      He started hanging his works on a nearby fence to entertain the locals. One of his first fans was Charles Shannon, a painter who introduced Traylor to the New South regionalist artists and organized two shows of his work before his death. Since then, Traylor has become one of the most highly sought-after outsider artists.

   Works Of Bill-Traylor:

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Work done by Bill-Traylor