FREE WILLIE – polychromed carving – Nova Scotia Folk Art

You’re looking at my newest Nova Scotia Folk Art acquisition. This is “Free Willie” a carved and painted piece by Jean Marc Poirier, Cape Breton Island, completed in 2002. Apparently Mr. Poirier stopped working for a few years after this piece was made, but has begun again in recent years and is generating great interest now among collectors.
I hope I can find more of his work – it’s the kind of Folk Art that causes me to smile when I look at it. Especially, note the wonderful colour and depiction of waves on the stand.
I’m so happy to have Willie with me for a while, overseeing my work as a quiltmaker – I know he will be my muse when I embark on the Dolphin quilt I expect to be making soon!

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