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