James A. “Buddy” Snipe

James A. “Buddy” Snipe

The last born of twelve children, Buddy Snipes was born in 1945 in Macon County, Alabama, and still lives nearby.

As a child, he made toys for himself and the other children out of whatever he could find. He also made wagons and wheelbarrows out of tree limbs and scrap lumber. He sold them to neighbors. Later, Snipe worked as a pulpworker, a logger, a farmhand, a dishwasher, and he fixed things for people—broken furniture, sagging doors and fences.

About 40 years ago, he started to make Sculptural assemblages from roots, tree limbs, vines, scrap lumber and anything else he could find around that triggered his imagination. He also paints pictures on scrap lumber and tin and frames them with some of his found objects.
He incorporates the elements of high art: line form texture balance color, yet being uninhibited by the norms. Mr. Snipe adds rhythmic improvisation & narrative which bridges the worlds of Primitive and Modern art in completely original ways.

Selected Works

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James A. "Buddy" Snipe himself

A photo of "Buddy" during our 2016 Show 'Straight Out of Alabama'

Milk Dud Cow

Enamel Paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 19 X 13"
$225.- (BUD326)

Mr. Brown Mule Dog

Enamel Paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 8 1/2 x 7"
$125.- (BUD345)

3 Sisters from Opilika

Enamel paint, tin roofing, & twigs.
size: 15 x 17"
$225.- (BUD360)

Go Go Monkey

Enamel paint, tin roofing & twigs.
size: 22" Tall
$200.- (BUD348)

The Brown Family

Enamel paint, tin roofing, & twigs.
size: 11 1/4 x 18 5/8"
$225.- (BUD358)

Stilt Walker Slim

Enamel paint on tin roofing, & branches.
size: 53" Tall
$550.- (BUD349)

Brown Booger Dog

Enamel Paint on tin roofing & wooden base
size: 9 1/2 x 6 3/4"
$125.- (BUD346)

Ms. Wilson loves her Yard

Enamel paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 20 x 36 1/2"
$700.- (BUD359)

The Who Owl Girls

Enamel Paint on tin roofing & twigs
size: 9 1/2 x 18 1/4"
$225.- (BUD339)

Big Mama Usher

Enamel paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 40" Tall
$600.- (BUD354)

Mr Looking Good

Enamel paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 38 3/8"
$600.- (BUD352)

Mr Rainbow Mule

Enamel Paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 26 1/4 X 22 5/8"
$385.- (BUD337)

Tree House

Enamel & House Paint, hinges for the doors & twigs.
size: 33 1/4"
$750.- (BUD351)

Hungry Beaver

Enamel Paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 16 1/2 X 5 1/2"
$185.- (BUD342)

Smut-Eye

House paint on root, wood, and twigs
size: 9 1/4" tall
$200.- (BUD267)

Ice Cream Wagon Dog

Enamel Paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 16 1/4 x 11"
$225.- (BUD344)

State Dog

Enamel Paint on tin roofing, twigs & wooden base
size: 19 X 14 1/4"
$225.- (BUD337)

Mr Po Boy

Roots & Paint & Wood
size: 12 1/2" tall
$250.- (BUD264)

Mr. Sweet & His Dog

Salvaged metal & Enamel paint
size: 12" Long
$125.- (BUD338)