Who is Maggie? Allee, I’m hoping you or one of your kitsch admirers might recognize the subject matter, technique and name. Without success, we have been trying to track down this artist in recent years. The painting is only signed ‚ÄòMaggie”, with no last name or date. It measures 24″ x 24″, acrylic on masonite.
Romare Bearden, prominent black collage artist, gifted this colorful, endearing folk painting to us in 1986. The artist “Maggie” sent this painting to Romare. He said he appreciated the gift but did not collect much art. He then gifted it to us, and we have enjoyed it since.
Our only clue is “Heavenly Waters”, painted on the small sign within the painting. “Google” research puts Heavenly Waters in Maryland or Virginia…maybe.
To all of you, perhaps you may have seen this mystery artist in passing over the years. If not, I hope you enjoy it and the story it tells. Every time we count the men, women and babies, we arrive at a different number.