Outsider Art & the Furniture of Necessity

Still thinking about the necessity of art….below a post by a collector of outsider art.

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“You can have art in your daily life if you want it, but you don’t. You prefer fountain-pens and motor cars.”

Eric Gill, the creator of the Gill Sans typeface, as quoted in “Country Craftsmen” by Freda Derrick (1945)

Since the day my wife and I started work as newspaper reporters, we have collected what is called “outsider art.” The broad definition of the term is that it’s art made by people who lack formal artistic training. Usually, these people also have some sort of quirk or disability that shapes the way they see the world.

We first learned about this style of art from Mary Praytor, who runs a gallery on Main Street in Greenville, S.C. My wife and I would walk up there from the office of The Greenville News and Mary would tell us about all of the artists from her rotating stock. We…

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2 Responses to Outsider Art & the Furniture of Necessity

  1. Robin Hartmann says:

    Great article! A few of them are from here ( Cincinnati) and I’m very familiar with their work- I did vouleenteer work for Visionaries and Voices and have met some great people! Robin

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Ciao Robin! Just took a look at the Visionaries and Voices website…looks like a great project!

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