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Visionary Artist Johnny Culver, Sparta

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When I was in Sparta to photograph the rededication of the Hancock County Courthouse, I met this gentleman. John “Johnny” Culver is a visionary artist who came back to his hometown of Sparta in 2000 after living in the Atlanta for a time. While there, he suffered a nervous breakdown at the age of 20, after a failed relationship. He told me that creating the art gave him the ability to come back from that and he was very clear that God gets all the credit.

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He works in paint and ink and on every imaginable surface. I also feel lucky, since he told me he does not usually allow photographs. I found a few images of him online from an article by Tom Patterson and a piece by Fred Scruton and one or two from his London-based gallerist, but that was it. I’m so glad we made a connection and that he placed the trust in me to share.

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All Art Objects Pictured are © John Culver, Sparta, Georgia

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Greensboro Post Office, 1936

Greensboro GA US Post Office New Deal WPA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This New Deal Post Office is still in use and features murals by artist Carson Davenport (1908-1972).  Davenport served as director of the WPA Art School & Gallery in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and was Chairman of the Art Department at Averett Collge from 1943-1969.

Greensboro GA New Deal US Post Office Mural Hunter in Coonskin Cap Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Above: “The Burning of Greensborough” (Detail)

Greensboro GA New Deal US Post Office Mural Picking Cotton Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Greensboro GA New Deal US Post Office Mural African American Black Children Eating Watermelons Sunflowers Photograph Copyright Brian Bown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Both Images Above: “Cotton Picking in Georgia” (Detail)

Greensboro Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Carson’s Supermarket, Farmington

Farmington GA Carsons Super Market Coca Cola Gulf Murals Restored by John Cleaveland Oconee County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

I first came to know of this structure through an online community of Georgia photographers in 2008 and was immediately intrigued by it. Returning to South Georgia from a visit to Athens in 2010, I made a point of traveling in this direction and by chance just happened to meet one of Georgia’s most accomplished artists, John L. Cleaveland, Jr., as I was photographing the store. John introduced himself and his young son and showed me inside the store, which he owns and uses for work. He was even aware of my work at Vanishing South Georgia and was very encouraging as to the scope of my project. I’m very grateful for our brief visit.

Farmington GA Carsons Super Market Murals Restored by John Cleaveland Oconee County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

His gallery notes that his “paintings are more than mere landscapes. They reflect his incredible attention to detail and his knowledge and respect of the history of the South. The abstraction of light and shadow, the harsh beauty of nature, and the cycle of life and death are all given space in his paintings.” Having had the privilege of seeing a few for myself, I concur.

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