No discussion of contemporary folk art or outsider art would be complete without Sarah Rakes name. Rakes is the "real thing." She was born in a small Arkansas town in the Ozark mountains, and has always lived in a rural setting. She was profoundly influenced at age nine when she saw a traveling exhibition of art sent to underprivileged areas by the Rockefeller Foundation. She found her true calling in art, and she was able to escape from her life's difficulties in her paintings. Raising three children also had a profound effect on her art, and this wonderful painting exemplifies that effect. In 1986, she turned her full efforts to painting, and her work was exhibited throughout the region. This was painted at what I consider the height of her artistry in the early 1990s, and is, in my opinion, an outstanding example of her talent. Even the frame is unique and special. It has been hand-made by her husband, and painted by Rakes in the colors and style she considers best for this painting. It is easy to understand why her work is sought by collectors in Europe as well as in North America, and prices are rising.This particular piece is wonderful for its coloring, the expression on the cat, and the inference that a house cat can actually be a jungle beast.
Title: "Rough House Cat"
Country of Origin: United States.
Medium: Original Oil.
Size: 15" X 17"
Signed and dated Lower Left. Titled to verso.
Condition: Very Good Estate Condition. Framed and matted under glass in the artist's uniquely painted frame.
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