Annie Durie loves her garden and the wildlife that inhabits her rural property in Victoria, Australia. The composition of her drawings is a celebration of nature and all the positive things that the world brings us. Annie is an artist whose life has been a journey of philosophical questions, often marred by mixed emotions. She has come though the threshold to find an explicit clarity of meaning, which she now shares with others in her healing practices. Annie's work speaks to the continual struggles life presents and how to be mindful of staying with productive thoughts and actions. Her colours are vibrant and her composition is full of joy, a true reflection of Annie's character.
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The work of artist Louis Lament never fails to move an audience, but her life as a recluse has seen her work hidden away from public view until now. The raw emotions resonate with anyone who has experienced deep and lasting pain. However, through the medium of Outsider Art there is liberation.
Francesco is the son of Italian immigrants in France. He started drawing a lot at age 16. He started painting at age 22 then stopped. He took up the brushes again 25 years later ... "as a need, something buried waiting freedom and aujour'dhui 55 years" He has a favourite quote: Francis Bacon said: You know in my case - and the older I get, the more this is so - is any paint accident. As I see beforehand the thing on my mind, I see it in advance, and yet I almost never realize as I anticipate. It is transformed...
Andrew's paintings are psychological in nature and explore dreams, memories, notions, and anxieties as a source of freedom and self discovery. These vivid inner landscapes incorporate words and reverie, perhaps the result of late night painting sessions. He does not work from drafts and only paints when an impulse arrives. Material is secondary in importance and he uses whatever refuse he can find on construction sites where he works. Andrew paints in a crude manner, sometimes in near darkness in his basement, to ensure a truthful and authentic representation of a moment. He studied briefly at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and privately. He lives with his wife and two children in Southfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Maciej Hoffman studied at the Faculty of Theology at the Papal Theological Academy in Wroclaw: 1985-1988 and the Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw: 1988-1992. He graduated with a degree in painting and sculpture in 1992. This is how Maciej describes his background:
"[...] I come from a home "Tainted by art," my dad was a sculptor, my mom was a painter. When I was young, the natural course of fate was antagonism to following in my parents footsteps. The result of this was a "troubled" childhood, and young adulthood dedicated to mathematics and physics classes, which were shortly followed by a philosophy major at ATK (Theological Academy in Wroclaw). The change came in my third year of college, when one day I started drawing. And since then I couldn´t stop. [...]"
Jason is a New York native and animal rights enthusiast. He exhibits internationally, and has contributed to a variety of publications. He has also produced a book Celestial Coincidences. When Jason first joined MySpace he did not want to reveal his identity so he called himself Dint Wooer Krsna The tag had quite a long run, but now Jason is out in the open as a highly respected artist.
Jasna was born in Belgrade, Serbia and educated in Professional Development in Ceramics at Kensington and Chelsea College, London, UK. She gained an MA at the Belgrade Academy of Applied Arts and Design Serbia, specialising Fresco Painting. She writes: “When artist is an authentic witness and confessor of faith, the art becomes passage to the invisible world. In "Reverse Perspective", artist reviles existence of something beyond the obvious fact of miracle, found in "everyday" - the discovery of God's presence, developing the endless possibilities of "practicing imagination", and focusing direction towards achieving the highest goal: redemption, Revelation and Salvation. We can feel at first hand the presence of the Holy Spirit, of Its Uncreated Energy. It all has one goal - the change of the entire visible world Its complete, essential transfiguration. At some times, we simply do not know if we are on earth or in heaven. We feel, with our entire being, that God is with us at that time. Truly with us. Those moments of stepping into eternity, I have named "eterniments" [...]".
Julie M. Elman is an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, where she teaches courses in publication design. She has an MFA in photography from Ohio University and a BFA in commercial art from the University of Dayton (in Ohio). She worked within the newspaper industry for 15 years, as a designer, photojournalist and picture editor. She is co-author of The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, 7th edition, with Tim Harrower (McGraw-Hill, 2012). Elman designed the New York Times best-selling photography book The Rise of Barack Obama (Triumph Books, 2008) for Pete Souza, who is the chief White House photographer. She also designed the book Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music (Ohio University Press, 2010). She has been working on the Fear Project since February 2012.
Brazilian born Hegina Rodrigues describes her history as an artist has been primarily a self-taught passion’. She is not concerned with perspective or rules. Rather,she search out the organic life within the texture and paint. Her process as an artist rejects imposition . She aspire to guide the development and cultivation of her figures, and as they evolve she engages in a passionate and personal relationship with the canvas expressing emotional realities of her inner life . Hegina teaches art privately to children, as well as adult education for the School District of Palm Beach County. She has been a Summer camp teacher at Boca Raton Museum of Art and is currently working at The Armory Art Center in Palm Beach, Florida.
Billy Bob Beamer
Billy Bob Beamer [BBB] is a retired social services executive for the Commonwealth of Virginia. His ambition has always been to help others and he views his art as the component in his life that has brought him back to his real love: client based social work. Billy Bob is an artist who likes working in small formats. His desire is to create compositions through use of meditational and labour-intensive techniques. He has exhibited in over 60 solo, juried and invitational art shows throughout the USA and at the Ancient High House Museum, Staffordshire in the UK. His art works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Virginia's Governor's Mansion, the Virginia Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, and the estate of noted art/cultural historian, Roger Shattuck. Currently, in addition to his own drawing, Beamer teaches classes in "drawing as quiet active meditation" to relieve pain and stress. In January and February of 2011, Beamer exhibited with Wes Mills and other internationally known artists at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. The exhibit featured work done by those who use meditation as a primary vehicle for creating. Mr.Beamer says, "My best way to express incalculable enormity is to create its contrasting opposite, as seen in these small drawings." Beamer, a sociology graduate of the College of William and Mary, is also a retiree from the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Social Services, and an award-winning trumpeter, with a 40 year week-end career playing jazz, R & B, blues, and other types of music. Billy Bob and his wife, Kathy, live in Bedford County, Virginia. He is currently concentrating on drawing--- that most basic mode of communication -- in a small format. To paraphrase Blake: "the universe lies in a grain of sand."
Stephen Judges has written his own biography:
I always doodled as a child, but didn't enjoy art at school where being good at this subject meant being able to reproduce an apple or building on paper. To this day this is something that I cannot do although I greatly admire those whom can. I left school at the fairly young age of 16, and moved to London. I worked for a couple of years in what is probably the most famous department store in the world in Knightsbridge as a management trainee. The suit and tie didn't suit me and I wanted to be my own boss so I took a course in Carpentry. I immediately loved working with my hands and producing something tangible at the end of each day. After a month on the course I began taking my tools home and building strange little house which I populated with small painted figures. At this point I was sharing an apartment with a punk/new wave band. Whilst they were playing through the night, I'd paint and draw myself to sleep. I guess the only real artistic influences I felt then were the American underground comics and the explosive "anyone can do it" attitude of the punk movement. At the age of around 22, I moved into my own place in London, and for the next 15 years did little art as I had caught the travel bug, and using my carpentry skills worked all over the world. I think of this time as the most important part of my education. In fact it was not until my late thirties that I picked up the paint brushes again. A Friend with whom I'd shared an apartment all those years ago was doing some work for one of the directors of Raw Vision, the only long standing publication dealing exclusively with Outsider art. I met with the owner who gave me a lot of encouragement, but also the impression that what I was doing wasn't complete enough. This honesty is something I've always been grateful for. I was by now married and living in the middle of the French countryside where there is little to do in the evenings, encouraged by the comments from my friend and Raw Vision, I started to paint obsessively every night, and have done for the last 15 years. By day I was renovating old buildings whilst my wife ran the old farmhouse where we live as a vegetarian guest house. I would love to reel out an impressive list of show, collectors and galleries, but the truth is that for nearly 14 years I didn't really feel as if I was painting what I wanted to paint. I was involved with 4 or 5 Raw art shows, in London, L.A., New York and Italy, and also have a few friends whom have collected my stuff over the years. Probably only 5% of my work has been seen by more than two people. It was only around a year and a half ago that I decided to have a serious go at making this my livelihood quite simply because I wanted to spend a lot more time in my studio, and felt for the first time that some of my paintings were nearly ready, I couldn't do anything more to them. For me the driving force has always been a journey of exploration, If I didn't need to earn money, then I would be very happy just painting for myself and a few friends. So after taking the decision to try and paint fulltime I contacted www.outsiderartinfo.com where John Yimmin was very supportive and encouraging. I would love it if his site could have a mention, this man is very genuine, and has supported many people like myself whom have never had much luck in their dealings with the conventional art world. His site is highly respected and I am very fortunate to have received so much support from him. Influences: From the age of around 15 I have felt like I didn't quite fit, I guess many feel this. I've always been interested less conventional belief systems. I studied Tai Chi intensively for many years and was fortunate to have been taught by one of the few non Chinese grandmasters. People often view Tai Chi as a bunch of old people shuffling around in a park. Taught properly it is a very dynamic system of non aggressive self defence with a complete philosophy of life stretching back thousands of years. Some of the things I saw and experienced whilst studying have stayed with me as they are, according to rational science, not possible. I was also deeply effected by my travels, particularly staying for quite a while in some very remote tribal villages in N. Thailand where Shamanism was quite the norm. I also worked for a while in Jamaica where I was blown away by the colour and energy. I have always been interested in lucid or conscious dreaming and am fascinated by these other worlds. What intrigues me is the fact that although we are told these places are just in our heads, they also seem to exist for peoples and cultures completely removed from one another, often the same symbols and vistas are shared. This brings me to the painting process. For me it has to be 100% intuitive, as someone once told me I seem to take the role of some sort of circus ringmaster. I try to stand back and let the figures, patterns, lines and colours do and go where they want without me trying to rationalize anything. I start a picture buy making a random mess, or a few lines or a figure. From there the pictures seem to just form themselves. If I make any attempt to replicate an old picture, or plot a picture, it fails. If I find a new technique by accident and try to pursue it, it will fail, but what does happen is that a few months later it will reappear and allow me to develop it. The whole process has been working like this for 15 years, all my idea's going around in circles and I believe finally they are beginning to come together. When I am painting well, I feel as if I am barely in the same room, I don't have to think about what I am doing. I always have between 5 and 15 painting going on at the same time, and constantly move from one to the other, I'm not sure quite why, maybe I have a short attention span!. I am extremely fortunate in that I'm very prolific, once I've made the initial mess on the canvas, something will always take shape, if it doesn't, then I will destroy the image with paint and start again. As I mentioned before, it has only been in the last year and a half that I started to get close to the images I am trying to portray, this is a very exciting time for me. I find it difficult to explain what each individual painting could mean, what comes out will be a reflection of what sort of mood I'm in, sometimes an attempt to re-create a dream, an irritating politician. Sometimes whilst painting I struggle to understand the 'why's' of life, war, starvation, inequality etc., perhaps some of the paintings are simply an attempt to escape these thoughts and create a more colourful world. Another reason why I try not to dwell too much on what the individual paintings are about is that I try to keep in mind that they are just pictures. Each one is simply a very small step towards something else, which I sort of hope in some ways I will never find. The start of each painting is a complete mystery, I've no idea where it will take me, that is what is so addictive for me.
********** My wife just reminded me that in 2010 I came first in the Art Brut category of an online competition called "The American art awards".
When I decided to spend more time in the studio a year ago, I started going large!
Although many of the attempts are not yet quite right, this is the direction I am taking at the moment. I have taken the leap from two feet by two, to up to six feet by six feet. This is very exciting and liberating as it allows me to apply the same tenacity, energy and physicality that I would use whilst plastering a wall whilst still leaving space for detail. This feels right for me.
The literary magazine “The Gettysburg Review” asked Steve to be the featured artist for their Spring edition. The feature included a cover shot, and an eight page centre spread of Steve’s artwork. His colours and intricate patterning makes Steve's work appealing to a variety of art lovers.
Bruno Gherbrant Belgium Clemenze Padin Uruguay
Daniel Armarel Portugal Andrea Jay USA
Dj Yoko Walter Rovere Italy Dosan Kodebbie Japan
Fleur Helsingor USA Guadalupe Rodrigez Venezuela
Heiki Sackmann Germany HERV -1.
Andreas Horn USA.
Red Fox at the London Book Fair 2012.
Codex Seraphinianus: A new edition of the strangest book in the world. Luigi Serafini.
In October Rizzoli will be republishing what is regarded by many to be the strangest book in the world, the CodexSeraphinianus. The Codex is unlike other historically well-known strange books (such as the Voynich Manuscript),in that the author of the book is not only known (Luigi Serafini ), he’s still alive. The book is so strange that it has accumulated a veritable industry of speculation about its meaning, deeper origins, and whether the language in which it is written actually has any syntax or not. Serafini has said relatively little about it himself over the years, and denies that the script has any meaning... [Source Michael Jacobson].
From the International Union of Mail Artists.