Cotton Belt Gallery
Lonnie Holley (born 1950) began making art after his sister's two children died in a house fire in 1979; he carved their tombstones since the family could not afford to purchase them. His work emphasizes the spiritual world and his ancestral heritage through conceptualized forms and abstract imagery.
Shortly after he began making art, his sandstone carvings were exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In the 1980's, his work expanded to include paintings as well as sculptures made from found objects. His work has been displayed at the White House and is part of the collections of the High Museum of Atlanta and the American Folk Art Museum of New York.