Graham Brothers

Graham Brothers

Artist: Josephine Hutson Graham (1915-1999)
Type: Oil on Masonite
Year: circa 1975
Size/Dimensions: 53 x 65 in.
Origin: Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council Grant Purchase
Accession Number: 99.35.4

Josephine Graham was born in Newport (Jackson County), Arkansas, where her father was a cotton broker. She was greatly inspired by the folklore and culture of the region, which was often center stage in her primitive "Suggin" paintings. Graham was a founding member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, and was the founder of the Suggin Folklife Society, which, in 1981, boasted 200 members from eight states. She explained that "Suggin" was a playful term referring to "a somewhat uncouth and unsophisticated person living in a rural area or small town along the White River." Many of Graham's primitive "Suggin" paintings (including this example) were signed "Josus", a childhood nickname given to the artist by her grandmother. The artist has had more than twenty one-woman shows throughout the country, including shows in the South and Southwest as well as in New York and Washington, DC. She is one of Arkansas' most prolific educators and folklorists.

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