Soul Haymond (1947- ) || Oil on canvas 30''x36''

Saul Haymond

Saul Haymond, Sr. (1947- ) of Pickens, Mississippi is a self-taught painter who has been documenting life in the African American community in Holmes County for over forty years. Born in 1947 on a plantation near Ebenezer, Initially Haymond’s work was only known within Holmes County, but he began receiving greater recognition in the 1990s, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Mississippi Arts Commission. His work also began to be exhibited outside of the state, including an exhibition at the Atelier A/E Gallery in New York. He was also one of the artists featured in the Mississippi Museum of Art’s 1999 Mississippi Invitational show. He retired from work as a farm laborer in November 2004 and now devotes himself full-time to his artwork.