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Artwork by Woody Guthrie

As Woody Sees It, drawing by Woody Guthrie
As Woody Sees It, drawing by Woody Guthrie

Influential songwriter and musician Woody Guthrie had a significant impact of popular music. However, most people don’t know that Woody Guthrie was also a visual artist. His first published artworks were drawings that appeared in the late 1930s along with his column “Woody Sez”, which he wrote for the People’s Daily World newspaper. He also did pen and ink illustrations for his autobiography Bound For Glory, abstract watercolors, and oil paintings. In 2005, Guthrie’s daughter Nora, along with writer Steven Brower, published Woody Guthrie Artworks. The book is said to contain more than 300 examples of his artwork, ”from political cartoons to bawdy and comical gouaches to children’s art to abstract emotional outpourings.” In conjunction with the release of the book, an exhibition titled Strokes of Electricity, The Artwork of Woody Guthrie was created. In addition, The Woody Guthrie Foundation has developed a Woody Guthrie Educational Curriculum which includes a course of study based on Woody Guthrie’s artwork.

Woman and House, Artwork by Woody Guthrie
Woman and House, drawing by Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born July 14, 1912. To celebrate his 100th birthday, The GRAMMY Museum, in conjunction with Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives, has announced a series of events this year to commemorate the life and career of Woody Guthrie. The celebration includes concerts, conferences, festivals and more. Visit http://www.woody100.com/ for more information.

The clip below is from an episode of the TV show Antiques Roadshow which featured a person with artwork by Woody Guthrie.

Visit http://www.woodyguthrie.org/ for more information about Woody Guthrie.

See also: Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie at Amazon.com.

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