Buncha new art comin'. @MGarcia_76 @Jeff_Dillman pic.twitter.com/21vN7gD75N— James Bates (@jb8sy) January 22, 2015
Folk art is so close to Cracker Barrel art that it's hard to acknowledge a border between the two, and where a giant painting with a bunch of obviously amateur typography becomes an inspirational tapestry you got just three hundred yards off I-75 one desperate afternoon. Let us propose one easy, clear-cut rule: if your piece of folk art contains a football player's poop-soiled pants, it is definitely folk art.
That painting is by former Florida linebacker James Bates, the one who is now a Fox Sports commentator, and who once wore a pumpkin on his head for the entirety of an interview prior to the Georgia/Florida game. He's also known for his spectacular Steve Spurrier impression, and for falling off a stool during a broadcast once. His art is here, and it is spectacular, and we will have a piece of it on our walls before our spouse can say no. (Probably "Lawrence Wright used to call me Cracker Bates," if we can track it down.)
P.S. Yes we're going to commission either a Switzer or Schnelly painting from him. Maybe a Holgo, too.