Charlie Lucas Exhibition
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As part of our exhibitions by Southern Black artists, TVMA is displaying work by world-renowned Alabama folk artist Charlie Lucas. Paintings and sculptures by Lucas have been curated from the museum’s permanent collection as well as private collectors of his work over recent decades.
Hours for this exhibition are Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm and Saturday, 10 am-3 pm.
About Charlie Lucas
Charlie Lucas was born in Birmingham in 1951, one of 14 children born into a sharecropping family. A self-taught artist, Charlie Lucas draws from both the people and the land of Alabama’s Black Belt region and from the iron and steel industry of the Birmingham District.
From his earliest experiments with scraps of iron and steel, Lucas searched for meaning and images in cast-off material and began to envision completed works in piles of junk objects or remnants of raw materials. He assembles such fragments mentally before he physically welds, twists, and bolts them together to become portraits of people and animals—brought to life by the narratives he weaves around them. By the late 1980s, Lucas had added painting—mostly using ordinary house paint—to his ever-increasing assortment of daily artistic productions. Lucas also combines sculpture and painting in a variety of collages.