HELEN LAFRANCE FOLK ART MEMORIES/NEW BOOK SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST MEMORY PAINTER 220+ PHOTOS
Buy the new book about self-taught Southern artist Helen LaFrance by folk and outsider art authority Kathy Moses. Written by Kathy Moses, with Bruce Shelton, and foreword by Lee Kogan, Curator emerita, American Folk Art Museum, New York. "HELEN LAFRANCE FOLK ART MEMORIES" is an intimate glimpse into the life and work of this significant Southern artist whose specialty is visually recording a fast-disappearing way of life. Born in western Kentucky in 1919, Helen LaFrance is the rare artist who is able to work deftly in more than one medium. She is an accomplished painter, quilter, wood carver, and Biblical interpreter. However, her real skill is her ability to connect with the viewer emotionally through the memories they both share. She paints scenes of a time and place that so many of us can respond to. These paintings fall into a category of American folk art known as Memory Painting. With over 200 photographs, the book introduces us to Helen LaFrance and illustrates the range of her work. It is also an invaluable reference source for those who want to know more about her and the exciting field of American folk art. Helen LaFrance is a remarkable artist whose boundless talent has emerged beyond the prescient collectors and museums which have always been enthusiastic fans of her work.