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Visionary Tattoo

Bound to a limited visual lexicon for over a century, tattooing has sprung free in the new millennium, liberated by artists who combine fresh concepts, holistic design, and masterful technique in thrillingly original styles. They draw inspiration from historical genres spanning Pointillism, Expressionism, [...]

2017-05-11T22:19:06+00:00 September 27th, 2014|

Martin Thompson

Martin Thompson, with his matted beard and long hair, was a well-recognized character in the neighborhood of upper Cuba Street in Wellington, New Zealand. The area, once known for its Victorian shops and villas, is now run-down and desolate as a result of being zoned a motorway. Nevertheless, it has served [...]

2017-05-11T22:20:54+00:00 June 19th, 2013|

Schützenhöfer’s Smile

Untitled, 2010, pencil and color pencil, 20 x 28 in. The Gugging House of Artists was founded when psychiatrist Leo Navratil began to notice an unexpected high-quality of art being produced through diagnostic drawing tests and decided to open a residential house for mentally-ill artists in Gugging, Austria near [...]

2017-05-11T22:29:30+00:00 June 18th, 2013|

The Geography of Loss

A Conversation with Curator Laurel Reuter and Artist Rebecca Norris Webb Badlands, 2012, type-c print , 30 x 40 in., 76.2 x 101.6 cm Award-winning curator Laurel Reuter is the Founding Director and Chief Curator of the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, N.D. Born and [...]

2017-06-19T20:09:01+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|

Floating Bodies: Q&A with Marcos Bontempo

Both images: Untitled; 2012; acrylic, iron and ink; 44 x 30 in. Artist MARCOS BONTEMPO lives in Ronda, a city in Andalucia, known for its spectacular landscapes and rich history. The city’s raw energy and inescapable beauty leaves no one indifferent. Because of the force of these surroundings, Bontempo’s [...]

2017-05-11T22:31:48+00:00 May 21st, 2013|

WILLIAM HAWKINS: MAKING ITSELF

In 1982, Roger Ricco visited and filmed the painting studio of William Hawkins in Columbus, Ohio. William Hawkins was born in Kentucky on July 27,1895; his big block letter signature informs us of this in nearly all of his paintings. In 1916 he moved to Columbus, Ohio where he became an urban jack-of-all-trades, working relentlessly [...]

2016-12-29T19:52:11+00:00 April 13th, 2013|

HENRY DARGER

Very few artists have done more to define and transcend the parameters of Outsider Art than Henry Darger. Admittance into important public and private collections paralleled by soaring market values, has made him one of the eminent American self-taught figures of the 20th century. Along with this [...]

2017-05-11T22:33:39+00:00 January 28th, 2013|

REVISITING RAMÍREZ

Those are the questions that have long intrigued admirers of the skillfully composed, mixed-media works on paper of the Mexican-born self-taught artist, whose life story has become something of a legend in outsider art’s still-unfolding history, and who has earned a secure place in the field’s [...]

2017-05-11T22:36:46+00:00 January 28th, 2013|

ALICE HOPE: OBJECTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

A studio visit with New York-based artist Alice Hope may be one of the most consummate experiences one can have when exploring the inner workings of the contemporary art world. Upon entering, it is immediately apparent that any commonplace materials like paint and canvas do not exist in this space. [...]

2017-05-11T22:38:35+00:00 January 27th, 2013|

Raw Erotica: Sex, Lust & Desire In Outsider Art

Why then in evoking your memory do I vibrate like a bell announcing the nuptials of angels? Slowly dying of an ineffable love inspired in me by your splendid gaze met by chance at the Potsdam encounter in 1913. You were sparkling from head to toe, deified by the sublime beaming of your dear face. [...]

2017-05-11T22:44:01+00:00 January 26th, 2013|