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 Loy Allen Bowlin

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Loy Allen Bowlin

  • Birth 16 Sep 1909
  • Death 14 Jun 1995
  • Burial Franklin County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 21567787


Loy Bowlin, a self-taught artist who dubbed himself "the Original Rhinestone Cowboy" and created one of Mississippi's most distinctive folk environments, died at the age of 86 on June 14th in McComb. In the late 1970s, Bowlin was a familiar figure in McComb, playing his harmonica and buck dancing on street corners. He trimmed several western suits with braid, sequins and rhinestones, and decorated the dashboard and hood of his 1967 Cadillac with colorful rhinestones.


Loy Allen Bowlin (1909 - 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.



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  • Created by: Earl Alexander
  • Added: 15 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21567787
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Loy Allen Bowlin (16 Sep 1909–14 Jun 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21567787, citing Mount Zion Cemetery, Franklin County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Earl Alexander (contributor 46823276) .