Alfred “Big Al” Taplet

Big Al Taplet first began painting old pieces of slate to advertise his Jackson Square shoe shine stand in New Orleans. Big Al would hang his signs on the fence and in the trees surrounding his stand to attract customers. His bold, colorful graphic signs with humorous sayings began to attract folk art collectors as well as the intended shoe shine customers. Big Al Taplet, along with his lighthearted creations, is listed in “Comtemporary American Folk Art, A Collector’s Guide” Rosenak and “Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk Art”, Betty-Carol Sellen.

After enduring and surviving Hurricane Katrina, Big Al moved to Texas where he

is currently living and working on his art.

Sadly, Big Al has passed away. He had been in ill health for quite a while. He and his unique art will be greatly missed.

 

 

 

 

“Big Al's Shoe Shines Professional”

G-214-6


12" x 6 1/2"
paint on corrugated metal

Signed

$150

 

 

"Your a Liar"

#G-218-1

16" x 9"
Signed and dated 2005

on slate -

painted early in 2005 survived Hurricane Katrina

SOLD

 

 

 

 

"No Money Eat Later"

#G-218-2

12" x 12"

Paint on slate

Post Katrina - 2006

$235

 

 

 

"Don't Bean Ass"
#G-218-3

14 1/4" x 10 1/4"

paint on slate

some wear survived Katrina

Dated 2004

Signed

$250

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Your A Liar"

#G-218-4

12" x 12"

paint on slate -

signed and dated 2007

$235

 

 

 

                                          

 

 

"What Goes Around Comes Around"

#G-217-4

12" x 12"

signed and dated 2009 on slate

bright colors very good condition

 

$215

 

 

 

                         

 

                      

"The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways"

#G-218-5

16" x 12"

paint on slate

 

Signed and

dated 2005

$275

 

 

 

 

"No Money No Eggs No Grits"

 #G-218-6

14" x 10"

signed and dated 2005 paint on slate - pre-Katrina from his home in New Orleans

$235

"If You Like This Art"

#G-218-7

16" x 12"

signed, dated 2003 pre-Katrina

on slate

$260

 

 

"Going To Jail"

#G-218-8

16" x 12"


paint on slate

signed and dated appears to be 2000

Read "Goke (coke) is dark" line first, "Go'ing to Jail line last"!

$260

 

 

 

"Big Chief Running Shoe"

#G-217-6

18" x 12 1/4"

signed and dated 2001 pre-Katrina

paint on slate

$260

"No Runny No Eggs No Grits"

#G-218-9

16" x 12"

signed and dated 2005

paint on slate

$260

                         

"Beignet Coffee"

#G-2014-1

12" x 12"

paint on slate

signed and dated 2007

$195

 

"No Money No Coffee"

#G-217-2

12" x 12"

signed and dated 2007 paint on slate

SOLD

"Jesus Says Buy More Folk Art"

#903

signed and dated 2005

paint on wood

16" x 10 5/8"

$230

 

 

“If Your Shoes Are Sick

Bring Them to Big Al The Shoe Doctor”

16" x 12"
paint on slate

Dated 2003

Signed

Excellent condition

SOLD

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