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Gale Surface

 (1907 - 2000)
Gale Jaxon Surface was active/lived in West Virginia.  Gale Surface is known for folk art style landscape with figure painting, church murals.

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Gale Jaxson Surface

Date of Birth:  December 4, 1907

Date of Death:  January 22, 2000

Home Town:  Richwood, WV

Gale Surface was born in Saxmon Holler, West Virginia.  His father, John Surface, was a coal miner who died when Gale was a teenager. 

Gale began painting at a very young age.  One of the first paintings, done when he was 12 years old, is of a ship in the ocean.  He did not attend any art classes, or have any schooling whatsoever. He made his first paint brush by cutting hair from a cat. 

Leaving home, he traveled around the United States by hopping railroad cars and staying in "hobo jungles."  He painted signs on windows in small towns to   ...  Displaying 750 of 1427 characters.

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