Andrew Clemens: A Self-taught Folk Artist



Andrew Clemens


Andrew Clemens sand art


Clemens was destined to German and Prussian workers who followed a dash for unheard of wealth to McGregor, Iowa. At five years of age, Clemens contracted encephalitis. In spite of the fact that he endure the expanding of his cerebrum, the craftsman lost his hearing and quite a bit of his discourse. That early ailment later carried him to the Iowa Institute for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb.


Andrew Clemens sand art bottles


Clemens utilized hand-created instruments to control the sand. He never protected his works with stick, rather depending on cautious pressing and strain to hold all the grains set up. Each container was finished tops curvy prior to being for all time fixed.


"One container of this sand, addressing the forty odd tones, gauging twenty pounds, we especially appreciated as showing the expertise and creativity of the youthful craftsman who has organized the different tones in an appealing, imaginative and capable way," the North Iowa Times wrote in 1875. "The youthful craftsman was only fourteen days drew in upon this one container."


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The containers were normally sold for between USD 5 and $7, or around $130 to $180 in the present cash. Over a century after they were created, the value of these jugs has expanded dramatically. Late closeout assesses normally fall somewhere in the range of $20,000 and $30,000. Notwithstanding, the most intricate pieces far outperform those appraisals. Interest in his work started moving upwards with a jug that came to $72,000 in a 2015 Eldred's closeout. All the more as of late, a custom jug for Mrs Eliza B. Lewis sold for $137,500 at Cowan's Auctions. The mallet cost was just about multiple times the high gauge of $35,000. It sold after 87 serious offers.


Presently before his passing of tuberculosis at 37 years old, Clemens started accepting acknowledgment. "Our kin don't as expected appreciate this craftsmanship. The expert doesn't appear to know its value nor does he appear to understand his commended position among the innovators of the world," a paper supervisor wrote in 1888. Clemens' specialty will test a really willing business sector in 2020, one more ready to recognize his all-consuming purpose.


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