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On Discovering Self-Taught Caribbean Artist Carl “Woolly” Hewitt

While visiting Gallery 128 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side last week, I was charmed by a series of portraits forged by the self-taught Caribbean artist Carl “Woolly” Hewitt. Fashioned with wool, they exude a distinctly earthy charm and raw beauty. Based in Barbados, the artist had always loved to draw, but it was only several years ago that he began creating portraits with wool. Mr. Hewitt refers to himself as “the king of wool” or “the wool man,” claiming to be “the only wool artist in the world.” Featured above is Mildred. Several more portraits follow:

Crazy Inez

Bonco Dread

Lost George

Gold Teeth

Photos of images: Lois Stavsky