Hawkins Bolden

Hawkins Bolden (1914-2005) was a self-taught artist who lived his entire life in Memphis, TN. At the age of seven, Bolden was left completely blind following a baseball accident involving his twin brother. Later in life, he began scavenging the alleyways and fields around his home in search of discarded materials, litter and other debris with which to work. Utilizing only his sense of touch, he created a vast number of scarecrows, tall totems and mask-like objects from these found materials to protect his backyard vegetable garden from pests and predators.

 

Untitled (Scarecrow)
ca. 1980s
Mixed media assemblage
18 x 18 x 2 in.

Untitled (Scarecrow)
ca. 1980s
Mixed media assemblage

28 x 28 x 10 in.

 

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Untitled (Scarecrow)
ca. 1980s
Mixed media assemblage
25 x 31
 x 12.5 in.

 

Untitled (Scarecrow)
ca. 1980s
Mixed media assemblage
25 x 25
 x 8 in.

Untitled (Scarecrow)
ca. 1980s
Mixed media assemblage

60 x 18 x 8 in.

Untitled (Scarecrow)
ca. 1980s
Mixed media assemblage
74 x 31 x 5 in.

Untitled (Scarecrow)
ca. 1980s
Mixed media assemblage
75 x 1
8 x 13.5 in.

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Untitled (Scarecrow)
ca. 1980s
Mixed media assemblage
30 x 11.5 x 8 in.