Philip Simmons 2007 45 x 60

Philip Simmons 2007 45 x 60

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Artist Biography:
Right was born in 1963, in Greensboro, NC. She has lived in Charleston SC since 1969. She began painting in 1993, and is self-taught.
Right’s subject matter has ranged from vignettes of her childhood to minimalist figurative work. The bottle cap mosaics emerged from a series of paintings bearing the theme “Jesus Saves”. These provocative theistic works turned the fertile ground from which Molly B. Right’s bottle cap works would eventually emerge. The super-sized images which began with Jesus and his mother Mary now include a host of iconic portraits evoking, at once, an ethereal presence and an earthy grit.
2500-3000 bottle caps are used in the making of each piece. The bottle caps are unused overstock, and date from the 30’s to the 70’s. They weigh approximately 65 pounds.



Molly B. Right

portrait of Molly B. Right




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About the Work:

This bottlecap portrait of Philip Simmons was specifically commissioned by MUSC to celebrate the extraordinary career of Charleston’s own master blacksmith. Born in 1912, and a lifelong Lowcountry resident, Simmons’s handiwork can be seen from one end of Charleston to the other.

In 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him its National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor that the United States can bestow on a traditional artist. This recognition was followed by a similar award by the South Carolina state legislature for “lifetime achievement” and commissions for public sculptures by the South Carolina State Museum and the City of Charleston.

Pieces of his work have been acquired as well by the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM; the Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC, the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA, and the Daniel Island Company, Daniel Island, SC.