James A. Snipe

James A. 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 35 years ago, he started to make assemblages from roots, tree limbs, vines, scrap lumber and anything else he could find around that triggered his imagination. He also draws 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'

Ms Christmas

Enamel Paint on tin roofing & twigs
size: 5 x 20"
$225.- (BUD299)

Mr Big Stuff

Enamel Paint on tin roofing & twigs
size: 20x15" Tall
$225.- (BUD310)

Turtle Going to a Party

Enamel Paint on tin roofing & twigs
size: 53" long x 19" wide
$650.- (BUD304)

Scare Crow Woman

Enamel Paint on tin roofing & twigs
size: 21 x 28"
$225.- (BUD303)

Stove Pan Mermaid

Enamel Paint on tin roofing and twigs
size: 43" long
$500.- (BUD231)

Merry Go Round

Enamel Paint on tin roofing and antler
size: 22 3/8" x 22 5/8" tall
$800.- (BUD275)

Farm Children and Their Chicken

House Paint on wood with roofing tin cutouts attached
size: 23 1/2" tall
$425.- (BUD260)

Smut-Eye

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

Grandmama

Enamel Paint on tin roofing, wood, and twigs
size: 29 1/2" tall
$350.- (BUD251)

Green and Yellow Sisters

Enamel Paint on tin roofing and twigs
size: 10 1/4" x 14 1/2" tall
$185.- (BUD258)

Ms. Big Mama

Enamel Paint on tin roofing and twigs
size: 8" x 26 1/2"
$350.- (BUD246)

Four Corners Head Mermaid

Enamel Paint on tin roofing and twigs
size: 21" wide x 45" long
$500.- (BUD244)

Looking Good Mermaid

Enamel Paint on tin roofing and twigs
size: 56" long
$500.- (BUD232)

Bee Bop Man

Paint on root, wood, and twigs
size: 14" tall
$250.- (BUD265)

Stoop Sittin' Man

House paint on root and twigs
size: 8" tall
$185.- (BUD74)