Bill Traylor was an African- American folk artist. Bill Traylor was born into slavery on a Southern cotton plantation circa 1853-54.
Traylor became interested in the arts when he was in his 80’s. The artist often worked with pencil on cardboard and often captured people and animals with solid flat shapes. Traylor used poster paints and watercolors.
In this clip a montage of works by Bill Traylor:
Price range information: Traylor has had works sell at Sotheby’s Auction House for $365,000. Pencil drawings start around $15,000.
Bill Traylor passed away in 1949.
Bill Traylor reminds of the more famous African-American painter from the South, Clementine Hunter. Both artists dealt with slavery as young people and were self taught as artists.
Clementine Hunter was very popular so a buyer has to be vigilant in making sure the artwork is legitimate. Bill Traylor is still relatively new to the collector world but his works are starting to gather a following at the major auction houses.
These stories of people just creating art with limited supplies and non art grade materials are wonderful. Traylor didn’t explore the art world until he was in his 80’s.