(late 20th century)
Doc Spellmon is known for folk art painting.
Biography Doc Spellmon
One of San Antonio’s most prolific and renowned artists, Spellmon’s
career spanned decades, including 20 years as an Air Force writer and
illustrator between 1956 and 1976. His subsequent “retirement” was one
of the artist’s most productive periods—creating an untold number of
works, whose hallmarks are generous applications of layered paint and
masterful texturing of color. The themes of his paintings speak to an
array of themes—including Biblical depictions, Slavery scenes, memories
of his upbringing in East Texas, scenes of African village life and
portraits of historical notables. Inspired by his rural upbringing,
religious surroundings, and African American heritage, Spellmon found
national success through his hund
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