General Ike

Artist Details

Name: Sam Doyle
Birth: 1906 Death: 1985
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: ca. 1970
Medium: acrylic on metal siding
Dimensions: 44 x 58 1/2 inches
Credit: Gift of the Artist

Doyle was born and raised in the Gullah community on St. Helena Island, near Beaufort, South Carolina. During the early decades of the twentieth century, St. Helena was a unique, almost exclusively African-American community comprised largely of former slaves who retained much of their African heritage and memories of the slave experience on the island. Primarily, Doyle’s work portrays figures important in his life, and the Gullah community of St. Helena Island. General Ike depicts one such figure, Ike, who Doyle noted was the “best plowman on the island.”

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