Leroy Person
1907 - 1985

Leroy Person
1950–1970, Crayon on wood

I'll be heading to North Carolina very soon. The mountains are calling my name. I've been doing a bit of research about artists of the area. I'll be also be returning to Asheville, North Carolina, where I spent a summer blowing glass up in the hills at Penland School of Crafts.
If you know of any must visit studios in Asheville for furniture, craft, glass, wood, or ceramics, please drop me an email.

David John

"Born in 1907 (died in 1985), Leroy Person spent his entire life in eastern North Carolina. His work at a local sawmill was cut short by health concerns, and after retirement, Person began to carve and draw. Person drew figures, animals, and tools such as sawblades and wrenches, blending organic images of floral and fauna with the tools of his trade.

Robert Lynch, who sold and gave a large collection of artwork to the Wesleyan College in North Carolina, purchased most of his work. Person's mysterious and evocative work is often compared to works found in the African Niger River region. He has been recognized nationally as one of the 32 artists in the traveling show, "Self Taught Artists of the 20th Century."