Although it has not yet reached the highs achieved by auctions of ‘mainstream’ art, the monetary value of ‘outsider art’ is creeping up. This blog is written in light of the recent Christie’s auction of outsider art from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation which took place earlier this month. I have felt compelled to comment on … Continue reading Changing the way we see success: is outsider art becoming the new mainstream?
Art competitions and their barriers
As my research continues, I have been looking at the notion of the art ‘competition.’ More specifically, I have been looking at the barriers that surround these competitions; focusing on the application and selection processes. In many parts of our lives, we are encouraged to fit into an already existing and established ‘box.’ This box, … Continue reading Art competitions and their barriers
Artist Showcase: Thomas Riesner
The latest showcase comes from Thomas Riesner - please note, the text has been translated to English from German. My interest in art started in 1990 in a club for mentally ill people. The club is called Durchblick e.v. in Leipzig. It is a gallery and a museum. I don't have a starting point for … Continue reading Artist Showcase: Thomas Riesner
Discovering Outsider Art: The Narrative of Otherness
Recently, I have been returning to the classic texts of outsider art in an attempt to uncover where the marginalisation of this type of work really began. My research has uncovered a few key areas that illustrate how ingrained the idea of 'otherness' and 'us' and 'them' is when it comes to outsider art and … Continue reading Discovering Outsider Art: The Narrative of Otherness
Artist Showcase: Jack Oliver
The latest Artist Showcase comes from Jack Oliver. If you would like to see your work on the blog, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. "I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. I don't really have a specific starting point. I start drawing and it evolves, grows from … Continue reading Artist Showcase: Jack Oliver
There is no such thing as outsider art…
... Only outsider artists First of all, I apologise for my absence, and I hope everyone is managing to stay safe and well in the strange times we are all living through. It’s been a tricky couple of months trying to get hold of books etc. for my studies due the closure of libraries during … Continue reading There is no such thing as outsider art…
Artist Showcase: Drew Davies
In this artist showcase, we bring you the expressive, characterful work of Drew Davies. When did your interest in art/creating begin? Since I was a kid. Painting and making things used to really give me a buzz. As I got older and had more responsibilities I drifted away from being creative and have just recently … Continue reading Artist Showcase: Drew Davies
Artist Showcase: Moontain
The latest artist showcase highlights the work and life of Moontain. When did your interest in art/creating begin? It's always complicated to put a precise date on something that is more related to growing roots than a formal decision. I believe we all are interested in creating, it starts with the first thought, the first … Continue reading Artist Showcase: Moontain
The Conditions of Success?
Recently, whilst undertaking some research around the role of the critic and what makes artists ‘successful’ in the art world, I came across a transcription of a lecture given by Sir Alan Bowness, Art Historian and Director of Tate (1980-1988), at the University of London in 1989. The talk centred on the idea of artistic … Continue reading The Conditions of Success?
Artist Showcase: Miguel Angel
This latest artist showcase shares the life and work of Miguel Angel. When did your interest in art/creating begin? My interest began as a child; I liked to draw. What is your starting point for each piece? My starting point is surrealism, pop art and sometimes extravagant haute couture attires applied mainly to furry fandom. … Continue reading Artist Showcase: Miguel Angel