American folk art painting is fascinating. You’ll find it isn’t only canvas art like some styles of painting, but is featured on signs, furnishings, and other every day items. Today’s folk artist have gone a step further by up-cycling every day items to paint on.
American Folk Art Painting
Recently, I had the honor of visiting with an American Folk Artist, Kathy Graybill. She paints and recreates Colonial Signs as well as other works of the Colonial Period to include painted furniture, blanket boxes, and many other painted items. These works help to preserve our heritage and allow new generations to discover these wonderful pieces of art. Many of her items were recreated are from pieces on display at the American Folk Art Museum.
Today, there are only 100 Tavern Signs remaining due to weather damage and signs being repainted due to lack of materials during the Colonial Period. Kathy captures and recreates these existing signs in exquisite detail. And, she has designed many original works as well. From Tavern and Pharmacy Signs to Land Holder Markers, Restaurant and Inn Placards, these pieces highly sought after for home decorating.
The hand painted furniture ranges from dressers and hutches to crock stands, benches, and blanket boxes. All are uniquely designed and painted with such detail that they are sold by Museum Gift Shops, Antiques Dealers, and Fine Furniture Stores.
Some of this American Folk Artists work is done on vintage pieces they collect. Shown here is a small antique box that was hand painted. It gives it new life while staying true to historical pieces of the Colonial Period.
These painted boxes were highly sought after and prized possessions in the Colonial Home being passed down generation after generation. The time and dedication to the craft of American Folk Art Paintings is amazing and shows in the work created.
If you are interested in learning more about Colonial Reproduction Painting you can visit American Folk Artist Kathy Graybill’s Website.
Written by Tamara Pearce, owner of Pearce’s Craft Shop