Bernice Sims (American/Alabama, 1926-2014), "Red Wagon", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 24 in. x 36 in., framed. Provenance: Acquired from the artist; Finley Collection. Exh.: "Soul Providers: African-American Art from the Finley Collection Original Paintings & Sculpture by Self-Taught Artists", The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS, Jan. 11 - Feb. 22, 2002; "Finley Collection", Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, Natchez, MS, May 2009 - May 2013; "The John and Pam Finley Collection of African and Folk Art", University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, June 8 - Aug. 17, 2013. Note: Bernice Sims raised six children as a single mother outside Brewton, Alabama near the Hickory Hill community where she herself had spent her childhood. Sims was active in the Civil Rights Movement and participated in the Selma-Montgomery March, witnessing the events on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. She later depicted this scene in multiple paintings, one of which was featured on a U.S. postage stamp. In the early 1980’s following a knee replacement surgery, Sims took a continuing education art class where her teacher encouraged her to “paint her own way.” She captured scenes from life or memories of events such as the painting offered here, where she illustrates a charming farm scene filled with people and animals in the midst of everyday life.
Ref.: Weber, Marcia. “Bernice Sims.” Marcia Weber Art Objects. 2018. https://marciaweberartobjects.com/sims.html. Accessed June 13, 2018.