RENÉ PIERRE ALLAIN

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Since the mid-1980s, René Pierre Allain has “constructed” paintings with a technique that transforms metal surfaces using chemicals, acids, and the flame from a torch. Through the use of non-traditional materials on an atypical surface (with almost no pigment involved), the artist’s work could be dubbed “steel painting.” In an Art in America [...]

EDDIE ARNING

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Eddie Arning grew up on his father’s farm in Germania, Texas—about 50 miles northwest of Houston. His bouts of depression and anger eventually culminated in an attack against his strict Lutheran mother. He was briefly hospitalized following the incident. After being committed to a mental institution for the second time in 1934, he [...]

Gil Batle

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Gil Batle was born and raised in San Francisco to Filipino parents, in and out of five different California prisons over 20 years for fraud and forgery, now living on a small island in the Philippines. Batle’s self-taught drawing ability evolved behind bars into sophisticated and clandestine tattooing skills that protected him from [...]

NANCY BLUM

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

“In my drawings and sculptural installations, lush, active plant and insect life sprawl unpredictably across the page or wall. The work depicts the intensity, autonomy, and mystery of the natural world. Building layer upon layer of line and color or form, the space becomes dense with energy and activity. When one looks into [...]

ROSIE CAMANGA

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2017-03-18T04:34:31+00:00

Tino (“Rosie”) Camanga (1910-?) moved to Honolulu from his native Philippines sometime prior to World War II. He worked for a time as a photographer, probably in one of the souvenir photo booths where one could have a picture taken against a painted backdrop of a prototypical Hawaiian scene: grass shack, Diamond Head, [...]

SCOTT CAMPBELL

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Born in Louisiana, Scott Campbell began his career as an illustrator before eventually moving to New York City, where he opened the renowned Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2005. Campbell is known around the world as being one of the most talented hands in the world of tattooing. His living designs can [...]

TRICIA CLINE

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2016-12-29T20:02:50+00:00

Tricia Cline was born in Sacramento, California. As a self-taught sculptor, she has been working for over 20 years from direct observation of female and animal forms. Her small, highly detailed porcelain clay sculptures are complex metaphors describing humans’ relationship to animals and to themselves as… animals. Cline’s method of observation without mental [...]

HENRY DARGER

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

For most of his life, Henry Darger was employed as a janitor in Catholic hospitals. Come night, he gave expression to a private, aggressively original imaginary world—working from his small rented room in Chicago’s North Side. Over a period of more than 50 years, Darger created a magnum opus consisting of a 15,000-page [...]

THORNTON DIAL

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Thornton Dial Sr. was born in Emelle, Alabama. He grew up in poverty and only attended school through the fourth grade. Lacking conventional toys, Dial and his siblings constructed playthings out of discarded items; a practice that influenced his later work as a sculptor. Dial worked for the Pullman Standard Company for 30 [...]

HIROYUKI DOI

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2017-05-17T03:43:33+00:00

Hiroyuki Doi was born in Nagoya, Japan. He began his career in 1980, after the death of his younger brother. This life-changing trauma redirected his energies to the creation of visual art, soon eclipsing his training as a chef. “I started to feel that something other than myself allowed me to draw these [...]