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 Edgar Alexander McKillop  (1879 - 1950)

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Lived/Active: North Carolina      Known for: folk art-figure and animal scupture, blacksmithing

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Edgar Alexander McKillop
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Standing Figure of a Black Bear
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Balfour, North Carolina, Edgar McKillop became a well-known folk art carver, and his subjects included clocks, human figures and musical instruments, but animal figures were his favorite subjects. Most of his carvings were whimsical, and some were exotic animals such as gorillas, kangaroos, and rhinos. He also carved practical objects such as his carving tools, pots, pans, keys, plows and furniture.

His career as a woodcarver began about 1926 when he was offered four black walnut trees from a neighbor in exchange for removing the trees from the neighbor's property. This marked the beginning of his intense interest, which continued until his wife's death in 1938. Even when working with large, complex forms, he chiseled the entire figure out of a single block.

Years after his death, his daughter Lelia described his creativity as being "just in him, it was just in him. He didn't take any schooling; he didn't take any training. And he never done any carving until he just got that wood. And he just went to work on it,m and he just turned out all these things. It was just in him--just talented. That's all you can say."

Source: Christie's catalogue of 10/09/2002

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