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 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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Jack Mule

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 23 1/4" nose to tail
$375.- (BUD383)

Two Birds on a Porch

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, wire, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 9 1/2 X 9"
$200.- (BUD371)

Waggy Mule

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, wire, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 22" nose to tail
$350.- (BUD384)

Strong Man Showing Off His Muscles

Salvaged roofing tin, wire, enamel paints.
size: 3 1/4 x 7"
$95.- (BUD380)

Mail Man Pig

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints.
size: 4 1/2 x 7"
$110.- (BUD377)

Strong Man Summer

Salvaged roofing tin, wire, enamel paints.
size: 3 x 6"
$95.- (BUD379)

Mountain Traveling Gospel Singers

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints.
size: 4 x 10 1/4"
$145.- (BUD381)

Blue Whale and His Friend

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints.
size: 9 1/2 x 7"
$125.- (BUD378)

Stilt Walker Slim

Salvaged roofing tin, branches, enamel paints.
size: 53" Tall
$550.- (BUD349)

Mr Rainbow Mule

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 26 1/4 X 22 5/8"
$385.- (BUD337)

Seahorse Bus Carrying his Friends

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, wire, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 18 1/4 X 33"
$625.- (AFBUD356)

State Dog

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 19 X 14 1/4"
$225.- (BUD337)

Mr Looking Good

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 38 3/8"
$600.- (BUD352)

James A. "Buddy" Snipe himself

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

Big Mama Usher

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 40" Tall
$600.- (BUD354)

Smut-Eye

Tree root, twigs, house paint, wooden base.
size: 9 1/4" tall
$200.- (BUD267)

Milk Dud Cow

Salvaged roofing tin, twigs, enamel paints, wooden base.
size: 19 X 13"
$225.- (BUD326)

Mr Po Boy

Tree root, twigs, house paint, wooden base.
size: 12 1/2" tall
$250.- (BUD264)