Clementine Hunter was an American painter who worked in a folk art style depicting life in the rural south from an African- American perspective. Clementine Hunter was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana in the year 1886.
She was born on Hidden Hill Plantation and never learned to read or write.
Hunter painted in oils and most occasions not with a traditional canvas surface, but with found items including plates and pieces of fabric.
The artist is seen as the African- American version of Grandma Moses. Both artists were self taught painters who relied on color rather than traditional academic tools to develop their work.
In this clip a great montage of works by Clementine Hunter:
Because of her simplistic style Hunter is one of the most copied artists out there. If you see a work of hers you would like to buy try and get the piece authenticated. One man painted many works in her style, drove to her house, and paid her $1 per work to hold the works up whilst he took a photo of his paintings so it would look that Hunter painted it herself. The man then sold the works as being painted by the artist rather than himself.
In this clip the Antiques Roadshow takes a closer look at two paintings by Hunter:
Clementine Hunter passed away in 1988.
Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.
What an interesting life and story line. Although lacking in technical aspects, her work relies on emotion and feeling.