Folk Art

Folk art is an expression of a surviving tradition rooted in the world’s indigenous culture and community. The vintage folk art has grown to include an array of artworks, including needlework, weathervanespaintings from renowned artists like Ammi Phillips, Sheldon Peck, and Edward Hicks, along with several anonymous practitioners. Collectors and bidders will find the best folk art for sale at Bidsquare’s folk art online auction.

In contrast to fine art, folk art predominantly focuses on the decorative aspect instead of the aesthetic. Among the art’s most intriguing characteristics are the creative techniques applied by the artistically inclined individuals to produce artworks that encompass a range of utilitarian and decorative media such as straw, wood, and clay. Bidsquare makes exceptional examples in its collection of vintage and antique folk art available for sale. 

Unlike other sophisticated art forms that employ the methods of perspective and proportion, traditional decorative or utilitarian vintage folk art is often an expression of a community’s authentic cultural identity. It is different from academic or cosmopolitan artistic identity. Folk art was not accepted as an art form until the 19th century. These hand-made works, accompanied by traditional tools, earned acclaim for the post-industrial revolution urban mainstream. It is often challenging to describe folk art because of its diverse geographical prevalence and varied folk art. However, some techniques and patterns have been identified over the years. 

Quick Facts about Folk Art

  • In the 19th century, well-educated white Christian urbanites invented the term folk art to describe the quaint arts and crafts of rural societies. 
  • Folk art has historically been dominated by red, green, and yellow.

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  • Ruffed Grouse Black Forest Inkwell
    Estimate
    $300 - $500

    Ruffed Grouse Black Forest Inkwell

    Est.
    $300 - $500
    Copley Fine Art Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • JOZZA 'Blue Butterfly - 2023' ORIGINAL ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 30X24
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200

    JOZZA 'Blue Butterfly - 2023' ORIGINAL ACRYLIC ON CANVA...

    Est.
    $800 - $1,200
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $500
  • MR. BRAINWASH 'NEVER NEVER GIVEUP - WHITE' 2023, SIGNED & NUMBERED SCULPTURE
    Estimate
    $3,000 - $4,000

    MR. BRAINWASH 'NEVER NEVER GIVEUP - WHITE' 2023, SIGNED...

    Est.
    $3,000 - $4,000
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $2,000
  • (6) FRAMED FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    (6) FRAMED FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • (2) FOLK ART CARVED & PAINTED WOOD HORSE & BULL FIGURES
    Estimate
    $60 - $150

    (2) FOLK ART CARVED & PAINTED WOOD HORSE & BULL FIGURES...

    Est.
    $60 - $150
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $50
  • FOLK ART POTTERY CHANGO MONKEY JAR, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $60 - $150

    FOLK ART POTTERY CHANGO MONKEY JAR, MEXICO

    Est.
    $60 - $150
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $50
  • (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $150 - $250

    (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $150 - $250
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • Latmul canoe shield, early 20th c. PNG
    Price$300

    Latmul canoe shield, early 20th c. PNG

  • Five antique East Indian painted miniature folk paintings, framed together
    Price$175

    Five antique East Indian painted miniature folk paintin...

    King Art & Antiques
    Buy Now Price
    $175
  • (10) MEXICO FOLK ART CARVED & PAINTED WOOD MASKS
    Estimate
    $100 - $300

    (10) MEXICO FOLK ART CARVED & PAINTED WOOD MASKS

    Est.
    $100 - $300
    Austin Auction Gallery
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $80
  • (9) MEXICO FOLK ART CARVED & PAINTED WOOD MASKS
    Estimate
    $100 - $300

    (9) MEXICO FOLK ART CARVED & PAINTED WOOD MASKS

    Est.
    $100 - $300
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $80
  • (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • DAVID MARSH (TX) FOLK ART DISTRESSED & PAINTED STEPBACK CUPBOARD
    Estimate
    $400 - $600

    DAVID MARSH (TX) FOLK ART DISTRESSED & PAINTED STEPBACK...

    Est.
    $400 - $600
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $300
  • PAIR R.A. MILLER BLACK & WHITE PAINTED PILLOWS
    Estimate
    $100 - $200

    PAIR R.A. MILLER BLACK & WHITE PAINTED PILLOWS

    Est.
    $100 - $200
    Ahlers & Ogletree
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $50
  • Norman Rockwell, TICKET SELLER 1975
    Estimate
    $2,500 - $3,000

    Norman Rockwell, TICKET SELLER 1975

    Est.
    $2,500 - $3,000
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $1,800
  • Victor Vasarely - Oeuvres Profondes Cinetiques VII
    Estimate
    $600 - $800

    Victor Vasarely - Oeuvres Profondes Cinetiques VII

    Est.
    $600 - $800
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $300
  • (2) MEXICAN FOLK ART POTTERY FIGURAL PULQUE PITCHERS
    Estimate
    $60 - $150

    (2) MEXICAN FOLK ART POTTERY FIGURAL PULQUE PITCHERS

    Est.
    $60 - $150
    Austin Auction Gallery
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $50
  • (5) MEXICAN FOLK ART POTTERY & CARVED WOOD FIGURES
    Estimate
    $80 - $150

    (5) MEXICAN FOLK ART POTTERY & CARVED WOOD FIGURES

    Est.
    $80 - $150
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $60
  • Folk art accessories
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    Folk art accessories

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Pook & Pook Inc
    3 Bids
    Current Bid
    $220
  • Four small watercolor folk art paintings, 20th c.
    Estimate
    $100 - $200

    Four small watercolor folk art paintings, 20th c.

    Est.
    $100 - $200
    Pook & Pook Inc
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $50
  • Peter Max "MOONSCAPE II 1978"
    Estimate
    $2,000 - $3,000

    Peter Max "MOONSCAPE II 1978"

    Est.
    $2,000 - $3,000
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $1,000
  • Victor Vasarely - Oeuvres Profondes Cinetiques VI
    Estimate
    $600 - $800

    Victor Vasarely - Oeuvres Profondes Cinetiques VI

    Est.
    $600 - $800
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $300
  • Middle Eastern Miniature, 18th-19th c. 'Three persons'
    Price$245

    Middle Eastern Miniature, 18th-19th c. 'Three persons'

    King Art & Antiques
    Buy Now Price
    $245
  • Jean Michel Basquiat, 'Big Pagoda 1997' Very rare limited edition estate lithograph
    Estimate
    $1,500 - $2,000

    Jean Michel Basquiat, 'Big Pagoda 1997' Very rare limit...

    Est.
    $1,500 - $2,000
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $800
  • KENNY SCHARF, SAJIPPE KRAKKA JOUJESH -1998
    Estimate
    $2,000 - $3,000

    KENNY SCHARF, SAJIPPE KRAKKA JOUJESH -1998

    Est.
    $2,000 - $3,000
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $1,200
  • Framed folk art
    Estimate
    $300 - $500

    Framed folk art

    Est.
    $300 - $500
    Pook & Pook Inc
    4 Bids
    Current Bid
    $280
  • (6) FRAMED FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $150 - $250

    (6) FRAMED FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $150 - $250
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • (6) FOLK ART CARVED WOOD FIGURES & MASKS, LIKELY MEXICO
    Estimate
    $60 - $150

    (6) FOLK ART CARVED WOOD FIGURES & MASKS, LIKELY MEXICO...

    Est.
    $60 - $150
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $50
  • MIXED MEDIA FOLK ART NAIL-DECORATED NICHO/ FRAME
    Estimate
    $100 - $300

    MIXED MEDIA FOLK ART NAIL-DECORATED NICHO/ FRAME

    Est.
    $100 - $300
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $80
  • (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • (4) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $150 - $250

    (4) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $150 - $250
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • LARGE MEXICAN FOLK ART PAINTED POTTERY AIRPLANE
    Estimate
    $150 - $250

    LARGE MEXICAN FOLK ART PAINTED POTTERY AIRPLANE

    Est.
    $150 - $250
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • Super A (Stefan Thelen) EL BARTO (BART SIMPSON) 2021
    Estimate
    $1,200 - $1,400

    Super A (Stefan Thelen) EL BARTO (BART SIMPSON) 2021

    Est.
    $1,200 - $1,400
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $800
  • JOZZA 'THE KID - 2023' ORIGINAL ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 30X24
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200

    JOZZA 'THE KID - 2023' ORIGINAL ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 30X2...

    Est.
    $800 - $1,200
    URDE Fine Art Auction
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $500
  • Folk art accessories
    Estimate
    $200 - $300

    Folk art accessories

    Est.
    $200 - $300
    Pook & Pook Inc
    2 Bids
    Current Bid
    $110
  • (3) MEXICO FOLK ART CARVED WOOD FIGURAL DANCE MASKS
    Estimate
    $100 - $200

    (3) MEXICO FOLK ART CARVED WOOD FIGURAL DANCE MASKS

    Est.
    $100 - $200
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $80
  • (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    (3) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • (4) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $150 - $250

    (4) FOLK ART FOTOESCULTURA PORTRAITS, MEXICO

    Est.
    $150 - $250
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • (3) FOLK ART TIGER / JAGUAR DANCE MASKS, GUERRERO, MEXICO
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    (3) FOLK ART TIGER / JAGUAR DANCE MASKS, GUERRERO, MEXI...

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • (3) Folk Art comic strip papier mache animals
    Estimate
    $80 - $125

    (3) Folk Art comic strip papier mache animals

    Est.
    $80 - $125
    Millea Bros. Ltd.
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $40
  • Prior Hamblin School
    Estimate
    $3,000 - $5,000

    Prior Hamblin School

    Est.
    $3,000 - $5,000
    Brunk Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $1,500
  • Antique Mexican folk art milagro shoe form
    Estimate
    $80 - $125

    Antique Mexican folk art milagro shoe form

    Est.
    $80 - $125
    Millea Bros. Ltd.
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $40
  • Thomas Chambers
    Estimate
    $6,000 - $8,000

    Thomas Chambers

    Est.
    $6,000 - $8,000
    Brunk Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $3,000