Traylor is known for his intriguing use of pattern versus flat color, a sophisticated sense of space, and the simplified figures that give his work a startlingly modernist look. Using a stick for a straightedge, he created geometric silhouettes of human and animal figures which he then filled in with pencil, colored pencil, or poster paints.
Bill Traylor Blue Bird, Black Cat and Brown Dog on a Fountain. Poster Paint and Pencil on Cardboard. Circa Traylor was an Alabaman outsider artist who took up painting in old age, and prolifically produced pieces until his death in
That he was born a slave in the last century, self-taught, and began drawing with the crudest of tools in his eighties, makes the approximately 1800 drawings Bill Traylor produced over a period of about three years all the more remarkable. In RV 15