tramp art


Definition of tramp art

: a style of wood carving flourishing in the U.S. from about 1875 to 1930 that is characterized by ornate layered whittling often of cigar boxes or fruit crates also : an object carved in this style

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Recent Examples on the Web Moe, an art major, compared the medium to tramp art out of North Carolina, a folk tradition taking simple objects like cigar boxes and turning them into intricate, incredible pieces. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "Minnesota crop artists grow creative amid the pandemic," 25 Aug. 2020 This space is featuring Harry Gould Harvey IV’s intricate and peculiar driftwood dioramas — tramp art à la Brancusi. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "12 Galleries to Visit Now in Brooklyn and Queens," 26 Apr. 2018 Summerland's Lillie Avenue flows past garden shops, continental antiques stores, and Just Folk, one of the West Coast's best galleries for American crafts and tramp art. David Keeps, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Coastal California," 11 May 2011

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First Known Use of tramp art

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Tramp art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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