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Carl McKenzie

Carl McKenzie (1905-1998; Nada, Kentucky) carved throughout his life, producing numerous utilitarian and decorative items, such as walking sticks and letter openers. McKenzie began carving in earnest after retiring from his job as a truck driver for a lumber company, and his sculpture soon became familiar around the country.

McKenzie’s work is diverse and challenging. He is well known for his dramatic Biblical tableaux, particularly for various versions of the Garden of Eden and Noah’s Ark. His Devil Family sculptures are especially challenging and ambiguous. McKenzie is also known for the individual female figures which portray women in a variety working roles - nurses, cleaning ladies and waitresses, particularly several who are topless and who carry carved order pads for dives such as the “Greasy Spoon.”