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Afternoon Checkers

Checkers artist William Mack Tolliver

Afternoon Checkers Artist, William Mack Tolliver,
(from 1951 – 2000) from Vicksburg, Mississippi.

"I could draw on a lot of sad and depressing things in my life, but I'd rather emphasize the positive."

Afternoon Checkers Art

~ Afternoon Checkers Art ~

His oil paintings and lithographs depict motifs of the land, of simple people at work or at leisure or images of daily life in a powerful and moving afternoon checkers art style that is both versatile and refreshingly exuberant.

  • Tolliver’s stylized art uniquely combines the compositional principles of Cézanne, the color of Chagall and the forms and mood of Picasso and Modigliani.

  • His afternoon checkers artwork was also a framework wherein he could convey his true subject, which was his joy in working with color, shapes, textures, line and light.

  • Tolliver emerged as a brilliant, self taught artist, who was called, a Mississippi born Renaissance man, with a creative intelligence that combined the study of formal structure with an innate sense of human observation and feeling.

  • During the mid 1980s, he was recognized as a brilliant regional talent, who stressed that art was a means for documenting one's history and as such, his afternoon checkers art expression was driven by a desire to capture the landscapes and people of his native deep South so that in his concern for thematic content, this outlook inspired him to capture scenes of rural black southern life. Playing on a checkers afternoon, checkers art was on his mind. In works that have included themes of cotton pickers, stevedores, families playing checkers, children fishing and women tending the earth by hoe.

  • His themes were diverse and whether dealing with everyday workers in the afternoon or back alley jazzmen, they conveyed a universal message through scenes of the common human experience, as seen by his painting of a relaxed game of afternoon checkers.

  • Tolliver was an artist of insight and natural ability and his works, though plaintive in mood deliver an artistic message that is spiritually uplifting and imbued with unique expression that came from deep within his creative soul.
Make Your Checkers Move

~ Make Your Checkers Move ~

By Joseph Deweese Holston
(1944 - to present day) from Washington, DC.

“Creating work is like writing a play. Every piece is intended to establish a dialogue between me and the viewer. I want the characters in my work to engage viewers so completely that they are drawn into and become a part of each individual composition.”

  • Holston’s fine art career has spanned the latter part of the 20th and into the 21st century.

  • Largely a self taught painter, printmaker and graphic artist, who finds artistic expression in a abstract cubist style that is imbued with color to enhance the various motifs.

  • His artistic endeavors display a talent in charcoal sketching, mixed media and etchings.

  • Holston did also pursue formal training in Washington, which has helped the artist to develop a unique, modern style that is characterized by his careful attention to detail, form, line and composition.

  • Joseph Holston's paintings do not tell a complete story but rather merely suggest a narrative, an experience or a drama, wherein the viewer is invited to become emotionally or even spiritually involved.

  • His works are executed by painting simple, uncluttered shapes that reduce and refined the subjects to basic forms and figures so that his viewers become so interwoven in the art that the line between where the viewer ends and the art begins no longer exists.

  • Holston’s motifs also represent the daily life of black culture in America as is depicted in the simple theme of a pleasant game of afternoon checkers.
Checker Players

~ Checker Players ~

By Roger Witmer (1944 to present day) Waterloo, Ontario.

"I've been painting or drawing as long as I can remember."

A Canadian artist with an exceptional talent to create heartwarming scenes with oils and a small brush.

  • His artistic style is that of Impressionistic realism, where the motifs capture the essence and traditions of his native province, from the Amish countryside of southern Ontario to northern landscapes of lush, beautiful forests and colorful lakes and rivers.

  • Some of the artistic scenes represent nostalgic memories for those growing up playing afternoon checkers in the 1950's.

  • Witmer’s oil paintings are quite distinctive in their simple depiction of the local heritage and rural life encompassing the Waterloo/Kitchener region, and give the viewer a real sense of daily life in the countryside.

  • Many of his rural scenes depict settings with horses and Mennonite families and their activities, and are represented by clarity of composition, simple lines and colorful tones.

  • The simplicity and pleasure of life is displayed in the painting above that shows an old fashioned game of checkers being enjoyed by players in front of an old stove in the country general store.

  • Some of Witmer’s work also depicts old local buildings, inspired by an interest in architecture and often these structures add a distinct structure to the motif.
Afternoon Checker Players

~ Afternoon Checker Players ~

By Dennis Deitz, Country Illustrations and Portraits.

  • This illustration also reflects a simple image of an every day motif of a young boy enjoying quality time in a game of checkers with his grandfather.

  • The viewer’s focus is drawn to the oversized checkerboard and the atmosphere of the moment represented by the concentration displayed by both afternoon checkers players.

  • Realism is clearly defined by the detailing of the characters and surrounding setting, so much so that this drawing could easily be an artistic rendering of an actual photograph taken showing a leisurely checkers game.

A game of checkers was also a popular motif for sculpture, as seen in the work of 19th century American sculptor, John Rogers and later, in a couple of modern renditions of decorative arts.

Checkers up at the farm sculptureUp At The Farm

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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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