(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.
Biography Gale Surface
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
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