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Sat, Jul 9, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 207

Bernice Sims O/C Painting, Run Black Girl, Run

Estimate: $400 - $500

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Bernice Sims (Alabama/Louisiana, 1926-2014), "Run Black Girl, Run," oil on canvas painting depicting a nighttime scene with two African American women in a black car being chased by five hooded figures in an orange truck. Signed "B. Sims" lower left. Additionally signed, titled, and dated "12/94", en verso. Simple narrow wood frame. Canvas: 16" H x 20" W. Frame: 16 1/2" H x 20" W. Note: acquired directly by consignor from the artist. Ms. Sims stated the painting is based on her memories of registering Black voters with a friend in a neighboring county in their home state of Alabama during the 1960s. One night their efforts drew the attention of the Ku Klux Klan, and several members chased them down the highway until they reached the Butler County line. Biography: Bernice Sims was born in rural Alabama in 1926 and resided there her entire life. It was not until she decided to enroll in community college, after raising six children, that she was encouraged by a professor to explore her artistic talent, and turned to painting. Her works are characterized by bright colors, renderings of childhood memories, and, as she grew older, focused on the social and racial injustice amidst the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. In 2005, her work depicting the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Al, was issued on a postage stamp to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Additional note: a packet of biographical information on Sims including a copy of a photograph of Sims with the consignor is available to the winning bidder.

The personal collection of former Folk/Outsider Art dealer Jamie Teal, Nashville, Tennessee; acquired directly from the artist.


Painting is in excellent condition. Top edge of frame has become detached and side edge is cracked.