(1913 - 1990)
Ulysses Davis was active/lived in Georgia. Ulysses Davis is known for naive wood carving-religious and portrait subjects.
Biography Ulysses Davis
Ulysses Davis, an African-American carver, was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia in 1913. He lived in Savannah for more than 40 years. In the 1950s he converted an out building into a barbershop. Between customers, with a pocketknife he carved pieces of wood to express his personal interpretation of history, humanity and divinity.
"Whittlin," as he called it, was for Davis, a life-long passion. "I work in time", he said "and in time I'll finish."
By the time of his death in 1990, Ulysses Davis had created over 200 carvings. Religious tones abound in his work, but Davis always was able to turn familiar Biblical themes into seemingly new, vivid and moving realities.
He was especially known for his series of bust
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