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William Tolliver
About The Artist :
1951-2000 - Tolliver spent more than 30 of his 48 years perfecting his skill as a painter. Today, William Tolliver's art is collected worldwide. Tolliver's style freely combines the color of Chagall with the solid compositional principles of Cezanne and the mood and forms of Modigliani and Picasso. Tolliver's words of wisdom for the young artist were, "I would urge an art student to go to school and learn the fundamentals, because to know the fundamentals is to know the technical aspects of blending colors."

In an age when the rules of art had either been abandoned in favor of an anti-formalist attitude or had been institutionalized in academic study, William Tolliver emerged as a brilliant self-taught artist -a Mississippi-born Renaissance man whose creative intelligence combines the study of formal structure with an innate sense of human observation. Far from the marketplace of the New York City art world, Tolliver arose during the mid-1980 s a brilliant regional talent, an individual impelled by a desire to capture the landscapes and peoples of his native deep South. Whether dealing with everyday workers or back-alley jazzmen, he conveys a universal message through sconces of the common human experience. While plaintive in mood, Tolliver s works evoke compassion with an underlying sense of expressive emotion. "I could draw on a lot of sad and depressing things from my life, but I d rather emphasize the positive." An artist of insight and natural ability, Tolliver is a deliverer of an artist message imbued with unique expressions and spiritual enlistment. Tolliver was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Although his mother worked in the cotton fields by day, she found time to rear and help educate 14 children. To stimulate their interest in learning, she often challenged William and his older brother to drawing contests. Discovering William s talent, she borrowed art books from the library that exposed her son to the works of the European masters. His astute observation led him to study subjects from books, black-and-white photographs, nature, comics, and family members who posed as models. Since the local public schools did not have an art curriculum, Tolliver continued his course of self-study. From inexpensive dime-store watercolor sets purchased with money earned by mowing lawns, Tolliver learned to mix and blend colors by using a paint-by-number kit. Using this system he experimented with mixing color and skin tones and by the age eight was able to create academically correct paintings.

William Tolliver PORTFOLIO

United We Stand Estate Certified

William Tolliver - United We Stand Estate Certified


The Player Ap Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - The Player Ap Estate Certified Lithograph


The Player Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - The Player Estate Certified Lithograph


Tranquility Ap Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Tranquility Ap Estate Certified Lithograph


Tranquility Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Tranquility Estate Certified Lithograph


Sax Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Sax Estate Certified Lithograph


Afternoon Checkers Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Afternoon Checkers Artist Signed Lithograph


Nude In Chair Ap Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Nude In Chair Ap Estate Certified Lithograph


Nude In Chair Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Nude In Chair Estate Certified Lithograph


Afternoon Meeting Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Afternoon Meeting Estate Certified Lithograph


Looking For A Game Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Looking For A Game Artist Signed Lithograph


Pickin' Cotton Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Pickin' Cotton Estate Certified Lithograph


Learning To Play Estate Certified Serigraph

William Tolliver - Learning To Play Estate Certified Serigraph


Slam Dunk Estate Certified Serigraph

William Tolliver - Slam Dunk Estate Certified Serigraph


House On Pearl Street Artist Signed Serigraph

William Tolliver - House On Pearl Street Artist Signed Serigraph


Adora Artist Signed Serigraph

William Tolliver - Adora  Artist Signed Serigraph


Sunday Service Serigraph Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Sunday Service Serigraph Artist Signed


Ketchin Fish Estate Certified Serigraph

William Tolliver - Ketchin Fish Estate Certified Serigraph


Delta Blues Estate Signed

William Tolliver - Delta Blues Estate Signed


Delta Blues Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Delta Blues Artist Signed


United We Stand Ap Estate Certified

William Tolliver - United We Stand Ap Estate Certified


United We Stand Artist Signed

William Tolliver - United We Stand Artist Signed


The Player Ap Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - The Player Ap Artist Signed Lithograph


The Player Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - The Player Artist Signed Lithograph


Nude In Solitude Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Nude In Solitude Artist Signed


Tranquility Ap Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Tranquility Ap Artist Signed Lithograph


Tranquility Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Tranquility Artist Signed Lithograph


Sax Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Sax Artist Signed Lithograph


Afternoon Checkers Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Afternoon Checkers Estate Certified Lithograph


Nude In Chair Ap Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Nude In Chair Ap Artist Signed Lithograph


Nude In Chair Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Nude In Chair Artist Signed Lithograph


Afternoon Meeting Ap Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Afternoon Meeting Ap Estate Certified Lithograph


Looking For A Game Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Looking For A Game Estate Certified Lithograph


Pickin' Cotton Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Pickin' Cotton Artist Signed Lithograph


Learning To Play Artist Signed Serigraph

William Tolliver - Learning To Play Artist Signed Serigraph


Slam Dunk Artist Signed Serigraph

William Tolliver - Slam Dunk Artist Signed Serigraph


House On Pearl Street Estate Certified Serigraph

William Tolliver - House On Pearl Street Estate Certified Serigraph


Adora Estate Certified Serigraph

William Tolliver - Adora Estate Certified Serigraph


Sunday Service Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Sunday Service Estate Certified


Ketchin Fish Artist Signed Serigraph

William Tolliver - Ketchin Fish Artist Signed Serigraph


Waiting For The Big One Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Waiting For The Big One Estate Certified Lithograph


Waiting For The Big One Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Waiting For The Big One Artist Signed Lithograph


Sadie Mae Artist Proof Giclee

William Tolliver - Sadie Mae Artist Proof Giclee


Sadie Mae

William Tolliver - Sadie Mae


Emerald Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Emerald Estate Certified


Jug Band Signed By Artist Serigraph

William Tolliver - Jug Band Signed By Artist Serigraph


Midnight Serenade - Serigraph Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Midnight Serenade - Serigraph Artist Signed


Natural Beauty - Stone Lithograph

William Tolliver - Natural Beauty - Stone Lithograph


Luther Signed By Artist Serigraph

William Tolliver - Luther Signed By Artist Serigraph


Luther Estate Certified Serigraph

William Tolliver - Luther Estate Certified Serigraph


Pas De Deux Estate Certified Seriagraph On Canvas

William Tolliver - Pas De Deux Estate Certified Seriagraph On Canvas


Perifields Signed By Artist Serigraph

William Tolliver - Perifields Signed By Artist Serigraph


Smokin Signed By Artist Serigraph

William Tolliver - Smokin Signed By Artist Serigraph


Smokin Estate Certified Serigraph

William Tolliver - Smokin Estate Certified Serigraph


Transcendent Of The Blues Signed By Artist Serigraph

William Tolliver - Transcendent Of The Blues Signed By Artist Serigraph


Reclining Nude Serigraph Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Reclining Nude Serigraph Artist Signed


Reclining Nude Serigraph Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Reclining Nude Serigraph Estate Certified


Radiant Lady Artist Signed Serigraph On Paper Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Radiant Lady Artist Signed Serigraph On Paper Artist Signed


Radiant Lady Estate Signed Serigraph

William Tolliver - Radiant Lady Estate Signed Serigraph


Banjo Player Limited Edition Giclee Estate Signed

William Tolliver - Banjo Player Limited Edition Giclee Estate Signed


Egypt Limited Edition Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Egypt Limited Edition Estate Certified


Egypt Limited Edition Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Egypt Limited Edition Artist Signed


Dancers Estate Signed

William Tolliver - Dancers Estate Signed


Dancers Limited Edition Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Dancers Limited Edition Artist Signed


Adela Artist Proof

William Tolliver - Adela Artist Proof


Adela Limited Edition Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Adela Limited Edition Estate Certified Lithograph


Ascending Nude Estate Certified Seigraph

William Tolliver - Ascending Nude Estate Certified Seigraph


Rhythm Of Blues Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Rhythm Of Blues Estate Certified


Rhythm Of Blues Estate Certified Ap

William Tolliver - Rhythm Of Blues Estate Certified Ap


Piano Player Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Piano Player Artist Signed


Luther Ap Signed By Artist Serigraph

William Tolliver - Luther Ap Signed By Artist Serigraph


Jade Artist Proof Giclee

William Tolliver - Jade Artist Proof Giclee


Jade

William Tolliver - Jade


Jammin Limited Edition Stone Lithograph Artist Proof Signed

William Tolliver - Jammin Limited Edition Stone Lithograph Artist Proof Signed


Going Home For A Visit Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Going Home For A Visit Artist Signed


The Dancer Giclee

William Tolliver - The Dancer Giclee


The Dancer Giclee Ap

William Tolliver - The Dancer Giclee Ap


Stephanie

William Tolliver - Stephanie


Sweeter Dreams Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Sweeter Dreams Artist Signed


Sweeter Dreams Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Sweeter Dreams Estate Certified


Nite Life Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Nite Life Artist Signed


New Orleans Duo Artist Signed

William Tolliver - New Orleans Duo Artist Signed


Etching #14 Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Etching #14 Artist Signed


Etching Artist Proof Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Etching Artist Proof Artist Signed


Etching Dancer Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Etching Dancer Artist Signed


Etching Contemplation Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Etching Contemplation Artist Signed


Winnie

William Tolliver - Winnie


Somber Moment

William Tolliver - Somber Moment


Somber Moment Artist Proof

William Tolliver - Somber Moment Artist Proof


Destiny

William Tolliver - Destiny


Sarah

William Tolliver - Sarah


Chloe Estate Signed

William Tolliver - Chloe Estate Signed


Golden Lady Serigraph On Paper - Mixed Media

William Tolliver - Golden Lady Serigraph On Paper - Mixed Media


Kiss Estate Signed

William Tolliver - Kiss Estate Signed


Kiss Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Kiss Artist Signed


Sheba Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Sheba Artist Signed


Contemplation Hand colored woodcut Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Contemplation Hand colored woodcut Artist Signed


Field Workers Woodcut Paper Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Field Workers Woodcut Paper Artist Signed


Grandma's House Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Grandma's House Estate Certified


Grand Finale Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Grand Finale Estate Certified


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