Loy Allen Bowlin

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Loy Allen Bowlin
Born September 16, 1909
Franklin County, Mississippi
Died (1995-06-14)June 14, 1995
McComb, Mississippi
Education None
Known for Outsider Art
Notable work Beautiful Holy Jewel Home of the Original Rhinestone Cowboy
Awards Southern Arts Federation/NEA Fellowship for Painting and Works on Paper

Loy Allen Bowlin (September 16, 1909 – June 14, 1995), also known as The Original Rhinestone Cowboy, was an outsider artist from McComb, Mississippi. His artwork largely included bejeweling his clothing, Cadillac, home and even his dentures with thousands of rhinestones. Bowlin's life and work have been acclaimed by various outsider art critics and periodicals including Raw Vision.

After his death, Bowlin's Mississippi home, the Beautiful Holy Jewel Home of the Original Rhinestone Cowboy, was acquired by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. and was moved to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where it is on permanent display.[1]


  1. ^ Kristin G. Congdon; Kara Kelly Hallmark (2012). American Folk Art: A Regional Reference. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, LLC. pp. 269–272. ISBN 9780313349379.

Further reading

  • Marbling: A Complete Guide to Creating Beautiful Patterned Papers and Fabrics [Paperback]Diane Vogel Maurer (Author), Paul Maurer (Author)
  • Zeiger, Dinah. (1999) "Hey Rhinestone Cowboy! Dinah Zeiger enters the 'Beautiful Holy Jewel Home of the Original Rhinestone Cowboy'." Raw Vision (39)
  • Auer, James. (April 19, 2000) "All that Glitters was Gold to Entertainer." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  • Kohler Art Center: Fever dreams and utopian nightmares. July 25, 2006.

External links

  • Hey Rhinestone Cowboy!
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