A Note on Outsider Art

On 31st May, I was very kindly invited to give a talk at the ‘Life is Your Very Own Canvas’ mid-exhibition event in Aberdeen by organiser of the show, Steve Murison. The exhibition showcased work by people who are part of the Penumbra Art Group in Aberdeen. I spoke briefly about outsider art and how … Continue reading A Note on Outsider Art

Outsider Art under Analysis: Part One (Speakers)

Above Image:  'The Economically Booming City of Tianjin, China' by Norimitsu Kokubo On Saturday 15 June, I visited the Wellcome Collection for a talk on the history and development of 'outsider art'; an event accompanying the current 'Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan' exhibition. Here, I have outlined the main points covered by each of the … Continue reading Outsider Art under Analysis: Part One (Speakers)

‘Outsider Art’ and the ‘Traditional’ History of Modern Art

In most people’s minds, the development of art (more specifically Western art) in the twentieth century appears pretty linear. It starts with Manet – the father of Modern Art - and the Salon des Refuses in France and moves through the ‘isms’: French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Cubism… etc. etc., without much divergence or digression. … Continue reading ‘Outsider Art’ and the ‘Traditional’ History of Modern Art