Tennessee Crayon Artist and the Election


Nashville artist Herb Williams, who’s been written about in this magazine, continues his quest to create a world out of crayons. He sent me an email this morning to introduce his latest portrait, that of Senator Obama, just ready for Election Day across America. Though SL does not call itself blue or red, we couldn’t resist showing off our friend Herb, one of Tennessee’s most creative and all-around-swell guys. We love the South and its people much more than we love politics. If you are Nashville, your best bet to meet Herb is to stop by the Rymer Gallery downtown, where he curates and builds his crayon masterpieces. Warning: He may enlist your help in cutting the color sticks, if you are lucky.

Find time to exercise your right to vote today. And while your at it, buy a box of 64 Crayola’s. There’s nothing like that fresh smell.


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    November 18, 2011 at 8:05 am
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    Most people would have probably used the crayons as drawing tools, but not Herb. He painstakingly cuts ever crayon to size, using a double guillotine cigar cutter, before sticking them to a shaped mould, with industrial glue. He is the only person in the world who has a personal account with Crayole, because of the high number of crayons he buys from them every year.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:53 am
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    That is art itself its really creative to see this portrait of Barack Obama made with crayons really good and so interesting to do something like thisi would like to see more of his work is wonderful.

    March 24, 2011 at 9:28 am
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  5. d.marie

    i love this piece, and i will always have a strange fondness of nashville . . . although it is tucked away for now. fit for the Moma or the likes, the artist and president elect are to be commended.

    November 11, 2008 at 4:54 pm
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    November 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm

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