Man Playing Drums

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Luce Center Label
It may have been loneliness and newfound free time that drove Steve Ashby, a retired widower, to populate his property with colorful sculptures cut from plywood, painted, and embellished with found objects and personal items. Ashby favored expressiveness over realism, and characters such as Man Playing Drums reflect his preference for lively, colorful moments that evoke the uniquely human sounds of music and laughter.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
1973
Object number
1982.114.5
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak
Artist
Steve Ashby, born Delaplane, VA 1904-died Delaplane, VA 1980
Topic
Ethnic\African-American
Performing arts\music\drum
Figure male\full length
Object\musical instrument\drum
Medium
incised, painted and assembled wood
Dimensions
12 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (31.7 x 11.4 x 7.9 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Sculpture
Folk Art