Denzil Goodpaster

Denzil Goodpaster was born in the small town of Ezel, Kentucky. A  farmer for much of his life, in the 1970s he began to whittle and carve both functional and sculptural objects. Goodpaster is best known for his carved canes, but he also carved figures and animals he would have seen in his daily life. Typically painting his carved work, Goodpaster was known for his distinct, colorful style and often risqué subject matter visible on his canes including bathing nudes. His work created a standard of American folk canes that regional artists continue to aspire to today.

 

Related artists in KMAC's collection:

 

Garland Adkins, Minnie Adkins, Ernest Baker, Linvel Barker, Minnie Black, Marvin Finn, Tim Hall, Larry Hamm, Alma Lesch, Erma "Junior" Lewis, Tim Lewis, Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly, Carl McKenzie, Earnest Patton, Donny Tolson

 

Click to view an archival list of all artists in the collection.

 

Recurring themes:

Agriculture, Domestic Life

 

KMAC exhibitions:

Hollers and Harvests, Re-Animation: Turning Toys into Art

 

Reference material:

Swain, Adrian. Local Visions: Folk Art from Northeast Kentucky. Morehead, Ky.: Morehead State University, 1990.

 

Lizard Walking Stick (detail)

Lizard Walking Stick (detail)

Wood, paint, and beads. Courtesy of Mary and Rev. Al Shands.

Lizard Walking Stick

Lizard Walking Stick

Wood, paint, and beads. Courtesy of Mary and Rev. Al Shands.

Three Women Walking Stick (detail)

Three Women Walking Stick (detail)

Wood and paint. Courtesy of Mary and Rev. Al Shands.

Three Women Walking Stick

Three Women Walking Stick

Wood and paint. Courtesy of Mary and Rev. Al Shands.