Edgar Tolson was an American folk artist renown for his wooden figure carvings. Edgar Tolson was born in Lee City, Kentucky in the year 1904.
Tolson was educated through the 6th grade. He then worked as a carpenter and stone mason.
Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $20,000.
Over his lifetime he became a father to 18 children. One son named Donny Tolson went on to become a professional carver. He also created figure works like his father.
The artist was part of the 1973 Whitney Biennial.
Tolson’s most critically acclaimed series dealt with the story of temptation and Adam and Eve.
Edgar Tolson passed away in 1984.
Below a montage of works by Edgar Tolson including some photographs of the artist himself:
Works by the artist can be found in the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., and the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, New York.
Edgar Tolson showed tremendous skill in designing and carving his wooden figures. His interpretations of Adam, Eve and the serpent are very interesting. His work reminds me of the first generation of Inuit carvers.