Sam Doyle

Sam Doyle (03/23/1906-09/24/1985) was born in Frogmore on St. Helena Island, in South Carolina.  He attended a private vocational school, Penn School, but dropped out after the ninth grade.  He was encouraged to draw while he was in school, but did not resume painting and drawing until the 1940's. During his life he held positions as a local store clerk, a store porter in Beaufort (S.C.), and a laundry worker at the Parris Island Marine Corps base.  The majority of Doyle's paintings were executed in the 1970s and 1980s.  According to the catalogue "Passionate Visions of the American South":  Doyle's images often document the rich folklore and traditions of St. Helena's African-American culture.  In addition, he rendered local and national figures, including sports, political, and popular culture heroes.  Doyle painted predominately with enamel or latex house paint on large sheets of cut roofing tin (p. 306)." The following is from an unpublished manuscript by Dr. A. Everette James:  "Although Sam Doyle created his simple images in relative obscurity during most of his life, he is now regarded as a major Southern black American folk artist.  From his village of Frogmore on the relatively isolated island of St. Helena, Doyle has created images of both local beliefs and religious practices which appear to have universal appeal." His work has been insolo exhibitons all over the east coast, and multiple group exhibitiions that toured throughout the United States and in Paris. Doyle's paintings are part of the permanent collection of several institutions including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

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