Souls Grown Deep Foundation exists to change the way the world thinks about art and culture.

We are committed to raising public awareness of African-American vernacular art of the South through publications, exhibitions, films, music, lectures, educational workshops, and community outreach.

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  • Thornton Dial, The Beginning of Life in the Yellow Jungle, 2003, Plastic soda bottles, doll, clothing, bedding, wire, found metal, rubber glove, turtle shell, artificial flowers, Splash Zone compound, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood, 75 x 112 x 13 inches.
  • Lonnie Holley, Keeping a Record of It (Harmful Music), 1986, Salvaged phonograph top, phonograph record, animal skull, 13.75 x 15.75 x 9 inches.
  • Purvis Young, Untitled, mid-1980s, Paint on paper glued to found book, 30 x 48.75 inches.
  • Jesse Aaron, Shark, c. 1970, Wood, shark's jaws, toy doll, plastic rattle, plastic eyes, nails, electric cable, 16 x 52 x 12 inches.
  • Henry Speller, People Looking at a Man on a Motorcycle, 1987, Marker, crayon, pencil, on paper, 18 x 24 inches.