Sam Ezell - Outsider Art
Sam Ezell's work fits the classical definition of what folk art is — a style that is the result of the self-taught artist expressing themselves in ways that convey meaning and values within their culture.
Sam began to paint in 2008 at the request of his good friend and outsider artist, Bernice Sims. His folk art depicts memories of better times, and includes farm animals, school buses, renderings of historic homes, baseball, and the infamous coal mining industry – things reminiscent of early rural America, when life was simpler and people depended on the milk man leaving milk on the front porch. Sam uses bold shapes and bright colors to make joyful paintings of happy times. People are dressed up and having fun. Skies are blue, the sun is shining, birds have houses, and chickens come in lots of colors.
Sam Ezell was born in Mebane, NC in 1953 and brought up in Durham. At the age of 16 he dropped out of school to help support his mother and four sisters. His profession, since 1971, has been performing general property maintenance in Hillsborough, NC. Everyone knows him as being the nicest man willing to lend a helping hand.