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b. 1936 - d. 2020

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    • Bill Sawyer O/B Painting, Feeding Birds on an Empty Square
      Jan. 27, 2024

      Bill Sawyer O/B Painting, Feeding Birds on an Empty Square

      Est: $2,400 - $2,800

      Bill Sawyer (American/Tennessee, 1936-2020) oil on board painting depicting a distant, white-haired figure standing in a large, empty plaza or square with back turned toward the viewer. He feeds a group of pigeons gathered at his feet while gazing toward the cloudy, pale blue sky that fills the upper two-thirds of the composition. The orthogonal lines of the plaza lead toward a vanishing point at center right. Signed "Bill Sawyer" lower left. Housed in a speckled, gray wooden frame. Sight: 13 1/2" H x 17 1/2" W. Frame: 17 7/8" H x 21 7/8" W. Biography: Bill Sawyer was a self-taught artist from Nashville. He is said to have taken up painting while stationed in France in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s. His first exhibition was in Nashville in May of 1959 and he went on to have one-man shows at Daniel Orr's Gallery in San Diego, the Little Gallery in Memphis, TN, and the Parthenon in Nashville. Joseph Patterson, then the president of the American Association of Museums, arranged for a show of Sawyer's work at the Durlacher Brothers Gallery in New York in 1964. Sawyer was the first untrained artist to have a one-man show at the gallery, and his second show there, in 1966, sold out. Shortly after this time, Sawyer traveled overseas. After his trip, for unknown reasons, Sawyer seems to have never painted again. He sought privacy, living quietly in Nashville, where he passed away in 2020. After 1966, his work went on to be exhibited at the Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, and in the Art of Tennessee exhibit at the Frist Museum (2006).

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    • Bill Sawyer Oil on Board Painting, "Fishing Worms"
      Jul. 08, 2023

      Bill Sawyer Oil on Board Painting, "Fishing Worms"

      Est: $3,000 - $3,400

      Bill Sawyer (American/Tennessee, 1936-2020) oil on board painting depicting a large old white house and outbuildings, set in a stark winter landscape with bare trees. The sole splashes of color come from the blue jeans and red pinafore of a man and child, standing on the porch, and from a homemade, red-lettered sign advertising "Fishing Worms", sticking out of the grass beside a dirt road. Signed "Bill Sawyer" lower left, near road. Housed in a stained wood frame with linen mat. Lyzon Gallery (Nashville) framing label en verso. Board - 18" H x 24" W. Frame - 25" H x 31" W. Biography: Bill Sawyer was a self-taught artist from Nashville. He is said to have taken up painting while stationed in France in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s. His first exhibition was in Nashville in May of 1959 and he went on to have one-man shows at Daniel Orr's Gallery in San Diego, the Little Gallery in Memphis, TN, and the Parthenon in Nashville. Joseph Patterson, then the president of the American Association of Museums, arranged for a show of Sawyer's work at the Durlacher Brothers Gallery in New York in 1964. Sawyer was the first untrained artist to have a one-man show at the gallery, and his second show there, in 1966, sold out. Shortly after this time, Sawyer traveled overseas. After his trip, for unknown reasons, Sawyer seems to have never painted again. He sought privacy, living quietly in Nashville, where he passed away in 2020. After 1966, his work went on to be exhibited at the Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, and in the Art of Tennessee exhibit at the Frist Museum (2006).

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    • Bill Sawyer (American, 1936-2020) Mister, will you come back?, c. 1966
      Feb. 10, 2023

      Bill Sawyer (American, 1936-2020) Mister, will you come back?, c. 1966

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Bill Sawyer (American, 1936-2020) Mister, will you come back?, c. 1966 oil on masonite signed Bill Sawyer (center left); signed and titled (verso) 16 x 20 inches. Property from the Collection of Mary M. Woodward

      Hindman
    • Pantry House - Bill Sawyer
      Jun. 26, 2022

      Pantry House - Bill Sawyer

      Est: $2,000 - $4,000

      Bill Sawyer (1936-2020) Young girl in front of a house. Oil on masonite. Condition: Inspected under UV light. No restoration noted. Frame H 24" W 19-3/4" Sight H 19-3/8" W 15-3/8". Bill Sawyer was a self-taught artist from Nashville, Tenn. He is said to have taken up painting while stationed in France in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His first exhibition was in Nashville in May of 1959 and he went on to have one-man shows at Daniel Orr's Gallery in San Diego, the Little Gallery in Memphis, TN, and the Parthenon in Nashville. Joseph Patterson, then the president of the American Association of Museums, arranged for a show of Sawyer's work at the Durlacher Brothers Gallery in New York in 1964. Copy and paste this link for high-res images: https://www.dropbox.com/s/907km2fiftlehu4/1056842_2.jpg?dl=0

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    • Bill Sawyer O/B Painting, "Jones Comas"
      Jan. 29, 2022

      Bill Sawyer O/B Painting, "Jones Comas"

      Est: $1,000 - $1,400

      Bill Sawyer (North Carolina/Tennessee, b. 1936) oil on board painting depicting an elderly man with downcast head, using crutches to walk down a deserted road. The sun is setting behind him, casting his shadow into the foreground. On his neck, he wears a sign reading "Jones Comas". The painting is rendered with clean lines and mathematical linear perspective. Signed "Bill Sawyer" lower left. Housed in a painted frame with a linen matte. Sight: 17 3/4" H x 13 1/2" W. Framed: 25 1/2" H x 21 1/4" W. Biography: Bill Sawyer was a self-taught artist from Nashville. He is said to have taken up painting while stationed in France in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His first exhibition was in Nashville in May of 1959 and he went on to have one-man shows at Daniel Orr's Gallery in San Diego, the Little Gallery in Memphis, TN, and the Parthenon in Nashville. Joseph Patterson, then the president of the American Association of Museums, arranged for a show of Sawyer's work at the Durlacher Brothers Gallery in New York in 1964. Sawyer was the first untrained artist to have a one-man show at the gallery, and his second show there, in 1966, sold out. Shortly after this time, Sawyer traveled overseas. After his trip, for unknown reasons, Sawyer seems to have never painted again. He sought privacy, living quietly in Nashville, where he passed away in 2020. After 1966, his work went on to be exhibited at the Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, and in the Art of Tennessee exhibit at the Frist Museum (2006).

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    • Bill Sawyer O/B Painting, Flower Growing from a Tire
      Jan. 29, 2022

      Bill Sawyer O/B Painting, Flower Growing from a Tire

      Est: $1,800 - $2,200

      Bill Sawyer (American/Tennessee, 1936-1920) oil on board painting titled "Flower Growing from a Tire". The painting depicts a young African American toddler sitting on the top step of a narrow red brick house with partially boarded window. In the foreground, a small group of flowers bloom in soil set into a planter fashioned from a tire. Signed "Bill Sawyer" lower right. Titled with a faintly visible inscription reading "from Bill Sawyer" en verso. Float mounted in a carved wooden frame with traces of gilt, an off white linen liner, and a white wooden fillet. Board: 16" H x 20" W. Framed: 22 3/4" H x 26 1/2" W. Biography: Bill Sawyer was a self-taught artist from Nashville. He is said to have taken up painting while stationed in France in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s. His first exhibition was in Nashville in May of 1959 and he went on to have one-man shows at Daniel Orr's Gallery in San Diego, the Little Gallery in Memphis, TN, and the Parthenon in Nashville. Joseph Patterson, then the president of the American Association of Museums, arranged for a show of Sawyer's work at the Durlacher Brothers Gallery in New York in 1964. Sawyer was the first untrained artist to have a one-man show at the gallery, and his second show there, in 1966, sold out. Shortly after this time, Sawyer traveled overseas. After his trip, for unknown reasons, Sawyer seems to have never painted again. He sought privacy, living quietly in Nashville, where he passed away in 2020. After 1966, his work went on to be exhibited at the Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, and in the Art of Tennessee exhibit at the Frist Museum (2006).

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    • Bill Sawyer Portrait of Black Man with Guitar
      Jan. 25, 2020

      Bill Sawyer Portrait of Black Man with Guitar

      Est: $800 - $900

      Bill Sawyer (American/Tennessee, b. 1936) oil on masonite portrait of a black man wearing a hat, striped shirt and large blue stone ring, smiling as he holds a guitar. "Property of C King" inscribed en verso in pen. Dark giltwood frame with egg and dart and bead molding and linen liner. Sight - 17 1/2" H x 13 1/2" W. Framed - 20 1/2" H x 24" W. Circa mid 1960s. Biography: Bill Sawyer was a self-taught artist. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in North Carolina, in 1954 and took up painting while stationed in France in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His first exhibition was in Nashville in May of 1959 and he went on to have one-man shows at Daniel Orr's Gallery in San Diego, the Little Gallery in Memphis, TN, and the Parthenon in Nashville. Joseph Patterson, then the president of the American Association of Museums, arranged for a show of Sawyer's work at the Durlacher Brothers Gallery in New York in 1964. Sawyer was the first untrained artist to have a one-man showthe gallery, and his second show there, in 1966, sold out. Shortly after this time, Sawyer traveled overseas. After his trip, for unknown reasons Sawyer vowed never to paint again. His whereabouts are currently unknown. Provenance: the estate of Victor T. Patterson, Franklin, TN. Note: born in Georgia and educated at the Parsons School of Design, Victor Patterson served as a cultural representative to Russia with Dwight D. Eisenhower's "People to People" program (prior to its privatization) before moving to the Nashville, Tennessee area to pursue a career in interior design. He was associated with Bradford's for many years before starting his own business. He decorated the Tennessee Governor's Mansion and the home of several country music stars in the 1970s, and filled his home on Franklin's historic Fourth Avenue with art and antiques from his frequent travels.

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    • Bill Sawyer, O/B, Young Girl
      Aug. 05, 2017

      Bill Sawyer, O/B, Young Girl

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Bill Sawyer (North Carolina/Tennessee, b. 1936) oil on board painting of a young girl in plaid dress standing under an arched bridge next to a curb, a discarded newspaper by her feet and tricycle to her left. A poster for "Pete Byrn State Sen." hangs above it and in the distance a man stands beside a shed with his back to the girl, facing a road. Signed Bill Sawyer, lower right. 24" x 20". Unframed. American, mid 20th century. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Bill Sawyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Sawyer, was born in 1936 and was a self-taught artist. He graduated from Hillsboro High School, North Carolina, in 1954 and then took up painting "just to kill 30 months in France" while in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His first exhibition was in Nashville in May of 1959. Subsequently, he had one-man shows at Daniel Orr's Gallery in San Diego, the Little Gallery in Memphis, TN, and the Parthenon in Nashville. Joseph Patterson, then the president of the American Association of Museums, arranged for a show of Sawyer's work at the Durlacher Brothers Gallery in New York in 1964. A second show there, in 1966, sold out. Sawyer was the first untrained artist to have a one-man show at Durlacher's. His work went on to be represented at the Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood in Nashville and in many private collections. Shortly after this time Sawyer traveled overseas, and after his trip Sawyer went through a transformation and vowed never to paint again. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

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    • "Her most precious possession", Painting signed Bill Sawyer
      Jul. 10, 2016

      "Her most precious possession", Painting signed Bill Sawyer

      Est: $200 - $300

      "Her most precious possession", signed Bill Sawyer on verso, oil painting on board. Size: 20" x 16", 51 x 41 cm (board); 23" x 19", 58 x 48 cm (frame). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

      Material Culture
    • Bill Sawyer oil, "Little Girl with a Bouquet of Pink Flowers"
      Jul. 19, 2014

      Bill Sawyer oil, "Little Girl with a Bouquet of Pink Flowers"

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Bill Sawyer (Tennessee, b. 1936), "Little Girl With a Bouquet of Pink Flowers", oil on board painting depicting a child sitting on a fence in front of a red brick house with patched facade, signed lower right and titled en verso. 18" x 24" sight, 24" x 31" framed. Biography (courtesy "The Art of Tennessee" Exhibit Catalog): Self trained artist Bill Sawyer began painting as a way to pass the time while serving overseas in the Army. He is known for his views of towns in which the details of buildings, streets and sidewalks are precisely rendered. Provenance: the collection of Stephen and Lisa Steiner Small, Nashville, Tennessee, purchased Lyzon Gallery, Nashville, 1965 (receipt retained).

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    • Bill Sawyer oil on board Abstract
      Jan. 26, 2013

      Bill Sawyer oil on board Abstract

      Est: $400 - $500

      Bill Sawyer (American/Tennessee, b. 1936) oil on board abstract cubist scene with human figures. Signed lower right. Molded wood frame. 17-3/8" x 13-3/8" sight, 23-5/8" x 19-5/8" framed. Provenance: estate of Jean and Alven Ghertner, Nashville, TN.

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    • Bill Sawyer, oil on canvas streetscape
      Oct. 06, 2012

      Bill Sawyer, oil on canvas streetscape

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      William "Bill" Sawyer (American/Tennessee, b. 1936) oil on canvas panel urban streetscape, depicting a deserted residential street with small square gray buildings and a bicycle. Signed lower right. Weathered wood frame. 17-1/8" x 27-3/4" sight, 23-3/4" x 34-3/4" framed. Provenance: estate of Jean and Alven Ghertner, Nashville, TN. Biography: A self trained artist, Bill Sawyer began painting while serving overseas in the U.S. Army. Buildings and streets, rendered in great detail, oftentimes deserted, are frequent subjects.

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    • Bill Sawyer (AMERICAN, b. 1936)
      Jan. 12, 2010

      Bill Sawyer (AMERICAN, b. 1936)

      Est: $700 - $900

      Bill Sawyer (AMERICAN, b. 1936) Tom Thumb and his wife on the circus stage signed 'Bill Sawyer' (lower left) oil on masonite 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)

      Christie's
    • Bill Sawyer (American, B. 1936)
      Jan. 12, 2010

      Bill Sawyer (American, B. 1936)

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Bill Sawyer (American, B. 1936) Late Afternoon at Kay's Boarding House and Restaurant tempera on board 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.)

      Christie's
    • Little girl with a bouquet of dandelions
      Jul. 01, 2008

      Little girl with a bouquet of dandelions

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      Bill Sawyer (American, B. 1936) Little girl with a bouquet of dandelions signed 'Bill Sawyer' (lower left) oil on board 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)

      Christie's
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