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The Greatest

By Ulysses Davis

Esopus 4 (Spring 2005)
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Over the course of his 77 years, Savannah barber Ulysses Davis carved hundreds of wood sculptures, including this extraordinary series of 40 American presidents (presented here on an 11" x 52" removable poster).

Ulysses Davis (1913–1990) made wood carvings with self-fashioned tools, displaying them in a makeshift gallery at his Ulysses Barber Shop in Savannah, GA. His work was featured in “Black Folk Art in America,” a traveling exhibition organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1982, and he received a Georgia Governor’s Award in the Arts in 1986.