Sam Ezell
Sam Ezell is one of the nicest folks anyone could share a town with. You can always count on him to help out a neighbor or a stranger. He works full-time handling maintenance at the Daniel Boone Village shopping center where he has a little studio with fancy birdhouses out front. You might also see his panel truck covered with bright folk art paintings and Sam’s phone number on a nearby roadside.
When folk art fans and collectors around the country think of Hillsborough, NC, they most likely think of Sam Ezell. He is a featured and popular artist at the prestigious Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, AL, held every October.
Sam did not consider himself an artist and never intended to become one until he promised a friend he would give painting a try. Everyone knows that Sam Ezell keeps his promises! Once he started to paint, he was surprised how much he enjoyed doing it. Now he says he likes it more than fishing. Sam paints just for fun, in his spare time, and his only goal is to make you smile.
Sam found a primitive style using bright colors to make joyful paintings. The images came directly from his imagination, influenced by amusing memories of small-town life. People are dressed up and having fun. Skies are blue, the sun is shining, birds have houses, and chickens come in lots of colors. Condiments have their own sense of pride. Flowers spring from pots and vases.
In 2014 Sam began a series of paintings depicting some of the many historic buildings in his hometown of Hillsborough, NC, which debuted at the Orange County Library in 2015. These were the first paintings he had ever done using real subjects as a guide.
More recently, Sam developed difficulty with his eyesight and worried that he might have to give up painting. Straining to see the details of his smaller paintings, he found larger canvases much easier to work with. He let his imagination lead him to creating abstract paintings composed of simple shapes and bright colors. These new paintings are cheerful and fun, like all of Sam’s art, and he is very happy artist once again.

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Hillsborough, NC
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BUTTER PICKLES
16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas
unframed
$150
free admission - free parking
Open to the public:
MON - FRI, 8 am to 5 pm
And during scheduled public events
ABSTRACT VISION
NEW FOLK ART BY SAM EZELL
large modern paintings
in Sam's new style
The Whitted Building, Upstairs Gallery
300 W. Tryon Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278
- Take the elevator to the 2nd floor -
HELD OVER!
Now through August 25, 2017
ABSTRACT FLOWERS #6
20" x 26"
acrylic on canvas
in artist's custom frame
$200
ABSTRACT FLOWERS #7
26" x 22"
acrylic on canvas
in artist's custom frame
$200
ABSTRACT #14
"FRAGMENTS"
41.5" x 42"
acrylic on canvas
in artist's custom frame
$700
ABSTRACT #16
"SPROUTS"
24" x 36"
acrylic on canvas
unframed
$400
ABSTRACT #17
"BEAKS"
25" x 19"
acrylic on canvas
in artist's custom frame
$200
ABSTRACT #15
"BOUNDARIES"
31" x 41"
acrylic on canvas
in artist's custom frame
$550
THESE FOUR GEOMETRIC PAINTINGS ARE ON VIEW THROUGH 8/25/17 AT THE WHITTED BUILDING GALLERY IN HILLSBOROUGH, NC.
FLOWERS IN
A LAVENDER POT
17" x 21"
acrylic on canvas
in artist's custom frame
$150
RED TULIPS
20" x 24"
acrylic on wooden board
in artist's custom frame
$200
BLACK-EYED SUSANS
20.5" x 24.5"
acrylic on wooden board
in artist's custom frame
$200
DUKE'S
MAYONNAISE
16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas
unframed
$150
These flowers are some of Sam's first paintings. Dated 2009, they were shown for the first time in 2017 in our show called "Just Flowers".
WATCH "SAM"
a short film about Sam Ezell
by Justin Wallace
of Film Odyssey
www.filmodyssey.com

Watch it here or follow the links below:
Film Odyssey on Vimeo
Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce on YouTube
"PICTURE HILLSBOROUGH" PAINTINGS
Sam's paintings of historic Hillsborough landmarks
We will be glad to check their availability for you.
BELLEVUE
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
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THE BURWELL SCHOOL
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
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THE COLONIAL INN
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
SOLD
THE OLD COURTHOUSE
16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas
SOLD
DUAL SUPPLY CO
24" x 18"
acrylic on canvasboard
SOLD
ALEXANDER DICKSON HOUSE
(VISITORS CENTER)
16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas
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ROSEMOND/GATTIS
HOUSE
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
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OLD SHERIFF'S OFFICE
16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas
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FREELAND HOUSE
36" x 24"
acrylic on canvas
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REED ORDINARY
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
SOLD
LATTA BROTHERS TRACTOR SERVICE
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
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TWIN CHIMNEYS
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
SOLD
DURHAM HOUSE
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
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MIDLAWN
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
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TEARDROPS
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas
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