Slotin Auction features nearly 450 lots of folk art Aug. 8

lots of folk art

Ab the Flagman, ‘Johnny Cash,’ paint on wooden construction, signed, undated, 29in x 31in x 3in. Proceeds to benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Slotin Auction image

BUFORD, Ga. – For 27 years, Slotin Auction has been the premier auction house bringing self-taught art, outsider art and folk art to the market. Slotin’s Aug. 8 sale is guaranteed to deliver fun, affordable, colorful, creative pieces to the auction block. In addition, the sale of 50 lots will benefit the good work that the Paradise Garden Foundation is doing to preserve Howard Finster’s famous environment and provide educational opportunities to art enthusiasts of all ages. All items are offered unreserved. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

This auction includes fantastic works by Ab the Flagman’s Johnny Cash construction, (above; est. $1,000-$2,000) and Ohio artist Levent Isik, including Red Sonja, the most adorable dominatrix around (below; est. $600-$900).

lots of folk art

Levent Isik, ‘Red Sonja,’ 2001, paint and mixed media on board, Signed, dated and titled,
11in x 17in. Estimate: $600-$900. Slotin Auction image

Florida artist Purvis Young is represented by 17 powerful and important examples by (Lots 44-60. Of special note is lot 50, Crying Saint in City, (est. $1,000-$2,000). Stunning bright and colorful pieces by Mississippi artist Mary T. Smith include Lot 69, Three Figures in Blue, (est. $2,000-$3,000).

lots of folk art

Mary T. Smith, ‘Three Blue Figures,’ paint on wood, 50in x 26½in x 2in with frame. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Slotin Auction image

One of the five paintings by Louisiana social historian Clementine Hunter depicts a memory scene of her life on the plantation where she was born, (est. $1,000-$2,000).

lots of folk art

Clementine Hunter, ‘Picking Cotton,’ 1987, oil on canvas panel, monogrammed lower right.
30in x 24in with frame. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Slotin Auction image

Other works of special note are by outsider artist Dwight Mackintosh, Navajo artist Leroy Archuleta, Linville Barker, J.B. Murry, Bertha Halozan (below), Sybil Gibson,  Howard Finster, Woodie Long, Herbert Singleton, Jon Serl, Leroy Almon, Lonnie Holley, Bruce New, Ted Gordon, William Dawson, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mose Tolliver, Eddy Mumma, Lee Godie, self-proclaimed Prophet Royal Robertson and quilter Sarah Mary Taylor.

lots of folk art

Bertha Halozan, ‘Statue of Liberty,’ 1996, paint and glitter on canvas panel, signed, dated and titled, 8in x 10 with frame. Estimate: $200-$300. Slotin Auction image

Proceeds from 50 lots in this sale will benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation. A historic art environment created by the most famous 20th century
contemporary self-taught/folk artist, the Rev. Howard Finster, Paradise Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in the rural town of Summerville, Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. CNN called it, “The South’s most inspired garden.” Paradise Garden is one of the top 10 art environments in the world.

More than 43,000 patrons from 33 countries have visited Paradise Garden since it was purchased by Chattooga County in 2012. Today, it serves as a nonprofit regional rural art center and one of two major economic drivers for the impoverished and economically depressed Appalachian region of Georgia. Features include an art museum and visitors center, year-round tours, children art camps and workshops, adult art classes and art exhibitions.

The sale will take place on Saturday, Aug. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Slotin Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single piece or an entire collection, call 770-532-1115, or 404-403-4244 or email

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