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Joseph E. Yoakum

(Window Rock, Arizona, 1886 - 1972, Chicago, Illinois)

Mt. Banda Banda in Great Dividing Range near Kempsey Australia

February 8, 1971

Watercolor, ballpoint and graphite on paper

12 x 19 in. (30.5 x 48.3 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

1991.64

More Information

Joseph Yoakum claimed that he had traveled the world extensively as a young man—as a hobo and stowaway as well as working for the circus and railroads. The artist began drawing only when he was in his 70s and living in Chicago. Yoakum referred to his expressive interpretations as “spiritual enfoldments,” meaning that imagery was revealed to him as he worked. Although his titles refer to actual sites, it is questionable whether he visited these places in person or saw them only in books, photographs or magazines such as 'National Geographic.' Yoakum’s drawings are noted for their vibrant colors, complex rendering of land forms and carefully penned inscriptions.

Marks

signed and titled in UL in red pencil, stamped date in UL

Keywords
United States
Cliff
Mountains
Folk Art
Trees
Landscapes
Watercolor
American
African American
Water