Irvin Pettway of Gees Bend, Alabama, is one of only a few men creating art in an area where women have dominated the scene for generations. Especially in the Pettway lineage. The area is known worldwide for generations of quilted items that were created out of necessity, and, recently, for their beauty in design and workmanship. Irvin has produced a new variety of quilts – drawn and painted.

Watching Tinnie and Minnie Pettway create their signature potholders, Irvin said to himself “I can make something too.” That is when he decided he could make “what I never seen before.” Ideas were drawn “on a lot of paper until I come up with something” he admits.

The personal and rewarding aspects derived from his work comes from “putting pieces together that you can’t find anywhere else,” and, he is “able to do something that only me is doing in Gees Bend Alabama.” His work begins with colored pencil drawings and ends with unique, beautifully painted quilts on either paper, canvas or wood, unlike the sewn quilts created by his ancestors.

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Brown Starbirst Irvin Pettway, paintings, acrylic painting, black belt treasures,
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Irvin Pettway takes his designs from the Gee's Bee Quilters.  He always wanted to contribute to his heritage's artistry, so he chose to draw and paint.  He draws up quilts on pieces of paper, canvas, or wood.  This piece in particular is covered with diamonds and triangles to create a "starbirst" effect.  It is mostly green and blue hues with pops of purples and pinks. Irvin Pettway: Starbirst- White Border, 12"x16"

White Starbirst Irvin Pettway, paintings, acrylic painting, black belt treasures, patterns, colorful,
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Irvin Pettway takes his designs from the Gee's Bee Quilters. He always wanted to contribute to his heritage's artistry, so he chose to draw and paint. He draws up quilts on pieces of paper, canvas, or wood.  Yellows, greens, and purples are the main colors of this piece. Irvin Pettway: Starbirst- White Border, 12x16"

Give Me a Home Irvin Pettway, paintings, acrylic painting, black belt treasures,
Give Me a Home Price: $180.00
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Irvin Pettway takes his designs from the Gee's Bee Quilters. He always wanted to contribute to his heritage's artistry, so he chose to draw and paint. He draws up quilts on pieces of paper, canvas, or wood. Irvin Pettway: Give Me a Home; 12x16"

Blue Starbirst Irvin Pettway, paintings, acrylic painting, black belt treasures,
Blue Starbirst Price: $180.00
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Irvin Pettway takes his designs from the Gee's Bee Quilters. He always wanted to contribute to his heritage's artistry, so he chose to draw and paint. He draws up quilts on pieces of paper, canvas, or wood. This piece is filled with blue and green tones.Irvin Pettway: Blue Starbirst, approx. 12x14"

Call Me What You Like Irvin Pettway, paintings, acrylic painting, black belt treasures,
Call Me What You Like Price: $180.00
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Irvin Pettway takes his designs from the Gee's Bee Quilters. He always wanted to contribute to his heritage's artistry, so he chose to draw and paint. He draws up quilts on pieces of paper, canvas, or wood.  This piece is called "Call Me What You Like," and it is a beautiful print that is a great testament to the quilts of Gee's Bend.Irvin Pettway: Call Me What You Like, approx. 12x14"

Circle Family Irvin Pettway, paintings, acrylic painting, black belt treasures,
Circle Family Price: $180.00
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Irvin Pettway takes his designs from the Gee's Bee Quilters. He always wanted to contribute to his heritage's artistry, so he chose to draw and paint. He draws up quilts on pieces of paper, canvas, or wood.  Painted on this is a blue background with white circles.  Inside of the circles, there is an orange and brown checkboard print. Irvin Pettway: Circle Family, 12"x16"