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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-1980ís 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, Tolliverís 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 Iíd 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 Williamís 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


Nude In Solitude Ap Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Nude In Solitude Ap Estate Certified Lithograph


Nude In Solitude Estate Certified Lithograph

William Tolliver - Nude In Solitude 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 Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Learning To Play Estate Certified Seriagraph


Slam Dunk Estate Certified Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Slam Dunk Estate Certified Seriagraph


House On Pearl Street Artist Signed Seriagraph

William Tolliver - House On Pearl Street Artist Signed Seriagraph


Adora Artist Signed Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Adora  Artist Signed Seriagraph


Ketchin Fish Estate Certified Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Ketchin Fish Estate Certified Seriagraph


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 Lithograph

William Tolliver - Nude In Solitude Artist Signed Lithograph


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 Ap Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Pickin' Cotton Ap Artist Signed Lithograph


Pickin' Cotton Artist Signed Lithograph

William Tolliver - Pickin' Cotton Artist Signed Lithograph


Learning To Play Artist Signed Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Learning To Play Artist Signed Seriagraph


Slam Dunk Artist Signed Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Slam Dunk Artist Signed Seriagraph


House On Pearl Street Estate Certified Seriagraph

William Tolliver - House On Pearl Street Estate Certified Seriagraph


Adora Estate Certified Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Adora Estate Certified Seriagraph


Sunday Service Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Sunday Service Estate Certified


Ketchin Fish Artist Signed Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Ketchin Fish Artist Signed Seriagraph


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 Limited Edition Giclee

William Tolliver - Sadie Mae Limited Edition Giclee


Jug Band Signed By Artist Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Jug Band Signed By Artist Seriagraph


Midnight Serenade - Seriagraph Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Midnight Serenade - Seriagraph Artist Signed


Natural Beauty - Stone Lithograph

William Tolliver - Natural Beauty - Stone Lithograph


Luther Signed By Artist Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Luther Signed By Artist Seriagraph


Luther Estate Certified Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Luther Estate Certified Seriagraph


Pas De Deux Signed By Artist Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Pas De Deux Signed By Artist Seriagraph


Perifields Signed By Artist Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Perifields Signed By Artist Seriagraph


Smokin Signed By Artist Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Smokin Signed By Artist Seriagraph


Smokin Estate Certified Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Smokin Estate Certified Seriagraph


Transcendent Of The Blues Signed By Artist Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Transcendent Of The Blues Signed By Artist Seriagraph


Reclining Nude Seriagraph Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Reclining Nude Seriagraph Artist Signed


Reclining Nude Seriagraph Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Reclining Nude Seriagraph Estate Certified


Radiant Lady Artist Signed Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Radiant Lady Artist Signed Seriagraph


Radiant Lady Estate Signed Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Radiant Lady Estate Signed Seriagraph


Banjo Player Artist Proof Giclee Estate Signed

William Tolliver - Banjo Player Artist Proof Giclee Estate Signed


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 Ap Estate Certified Seigraph

William Tolliver - Ascending Nude Ap Estate Certified Seigraph


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 Seriagraph

William Tolliver - Luther Ap Signed By Artist Seriagraph


House On Pearl Street Artist Signed Ap

William Tolliver - House On Pearl Street Artist Signed Ap


Jade Artist Proof Giclee

William Tolliver - Jade Artist Proof Giclee


Jade Giclee

William Tolliver - Jade Giclee


Jammin Limited Edition Stone Lithograph

William Tolliver - Jammin Limited Edition Stone Lithograph


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 Giclee

William Tolliver - Stephanie Giclee


Stephanie Giclee Ap

William Tolliver - Stephanie Giclee Ap


Sweeter Dreams Artist Signed

William Tolliver - Sweeter Dreams Artist Signed


Sweeter Dreams Estate Certified

William Tolliver - Sweeter Dreams Estate Certified


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