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 Philip LeRoy Willey  (1887 - 1980)

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Lived/Active: Louisiana/Connecticut      Known for: naive views, animal

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A self-taught painter in naive style, Philip Willey moved to New Orleans in 1932 where he became chief of security at the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board.

When he retired, he took up painting and sold his work, scenes of the vitality of life in New Orleans, on Jackson Square in the French Quarter. In 1993, his paintings were included in an exhibition called "Passionate Visions of the American South from 1940 to the Present" at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Source: Neal Auction Company, Catalogue of October 13, 2001

Biography from Litchfield County Auctions:
Philo Levi 'Chief' Willey was born in Canaan Connecticut and has a large body of existing work, nearly 800 watercolor or acrylic drawings. He worked a number of jobs and in 1932 moved to New Orleans, where he worked on the police department and eventually became Chief, earning the nickname for which he is now known. His works are included in the Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe) and the New York Historical Society (Cooperstown). For more information on Willey, see Johnson and Ketchum, American Folk Art of the 20th Century (New York, 1983), pp. 320-321.

Source Litchfied County Auctions, February 2010

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