Annie Tolliver (born 1950)

Annie Tolliver is the daughter of Mose Tolliver and lives only a few blocks from him in Montgomery, Alabama. Annie attended school through the tenth grade then she dropped out to care for her son. She worked for many years in cleaning jobs as well as cooking. Watching her father paint, Annie gained inspiration for her own work. For about five years, she helped her father keep up with the demand for his painting by signing his name to her own work. It was Mose Tolliver who encouraged his daughter to strike out on her own, which she did in 1989. Annie Tolliver’s style is clearly influenced by her father’s, but it departs from his in distinct ways. Her use of color is often brighter and more varied and she rarely mixes colors. The more rounded shapes of her figures often result in images that are bold yet whimsical. Annie includes more details in her painting such as tiny teeth on animals and fingernails on figures. In the Tolliver tradition, she attaches a beer can tab as a hanging device. Like her father, Annie Tolliver welcomes visitors to her home to see and purchase her work.

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