Bartlett, Bo – American Artist

Bo Bartlett (American, born 1955)

Bo Bartlett is a contemporary American realist painter in the tradition of Thomas Eakins, Andrew Wyeth, and Winslow Homer. Bartlett paints the world around him – his family, friends, and his wife and muse, Betsy Eby – in settings that depict memories, dreams, literary references, and current events. He has received numerous solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and awards including a PEW Fellowship in the Arts. His [...] Click here to continue reading.

Cox, Jenny – American Outsider Artist

Jenny Cox (American, born 1959)

Jenny Cox began working at Lower Merion Vocational Training Center in 1981 as a piece worker and paper shredder. When it became the Center for Creative Works in 2011, the work of her peers inspired her to paint. When Cox discovered markers and pens that her work truly took off. Marks developed into letters, letters into words, and colored cells ordered and demarcated space in compositions that are uniquely [...] Click here to continue reading.

Plumadore, Paul – American Artist

Paul Plumadore (American, born 1949)

Paul Plumadore’s collages have been chosen for book jackets, record covers, and editorials by clients including Dell Books, Avon Books, RCA Records, Psychology Today, The New York Times, and many others. He is the creator of Brain Storm, a surreal fairy tale told through rhyme and over 100 collage illustrations; a memoir of his career as a professional dancer titled Archive 1957-1974; Unthinkable, a collection of collages published in [...] Click here to continue reading.

Smith, Lewis – American Artist

Lewis Smith (American, 1907 to 1998)

Lewis Smith lived his life with his mother in Alliance, OH until her death. It was only then, as a man in his 60s, that he became an artist: drawing, writing, and painting on paper bags, cardboard cartons, and the walls of his house. His work reflects his preoccupation with muscular women (especially boxers and wrestlers), trains, time, and money. Lewis Smith was an obsessive, inveterate collector. He [...] Click here to continue reading.

Sherrod, Philip – American Artist

Philip Sherrod (American, born 1935)

Philip Sherrod is known for painting American city culture – coffee shops, subway stations, Broadway marquees, the circus. His canvases pulsate with energy; his expressive style that has been linked to that of Vincent Van Gogh and Chaim Soutine. The artist’s works are in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY; Rose Art Museum of [...] Click here to continue reading.

Wolfli, Adolf – Swiss Artist

Adolf Wolfli (Swiss, 1864 to 1930)

The Swiss artist Adolf Wolfli is considered among the greatest exemplars of Art Brut. Born in poverty, orphaned before the age of ten, mistreated and abused in a series of foster homes, by the time he was in his twenties he had been twice arrested for attempted sexual abuse. After the second arrest in 1895 he was sent to Waldau Clinic in Bern, Switzerland, where he was diagnosed [...] Click here to continue reading.

Dean, Peter – American Artist

Peter Dean (American, German, 1934 to 1993)

Peter Dean’s apocalyptic art stands in stark contrast to the analytical cool of Minimalism and Pop, the two movements that dominated when Dean became an active participant in the downtown art scene. In 1984, Dean’s paintings, characterized by fantastical figural scenes executed in a heavy impasto of bright colors, were shown alongside those of Munch, Soutine, and Ensor at the Galleri Bellman in New York City. Works [...] Click here to continue reading.

Ferdinand, Roy – African-American Artist

Roy Ferdinand (American, 1959-2004)

Roy Ferdinand was a self-taught artist who chronicled street life in New Orleans’ impoverished African-American neighborhoods for fifteen years, documenting its violent subculture and making portraits of residents who had no choice but to share these mean streets. Ferdinand, who compared himself to a battlefield sketch artist, worked in ink markers, colored pencils and children’s watercolors on poster board. His style, with its bodies slightly out of proportion, multiple vanishing [...] Click here to continue reading.

Havard, James – American Artist

James Havard (American, born 1937)

James Havard first gained recognition in the 1970s for pioneering the Abstract Illusionist movement with artists Al Held and Allan D’Arcangelo. By the 1980s and 1990s, he had returned to figuration, creating works inspired by Art Brut masters. Richly colored, collaged and carved in encaustics, these works are raw and elemental, drawing inspiration from Native American, African and Caribbean tribal cultures, cave paintings, and children’s drawings. Havard has exhibited [...] Click here to continue reading.

Castle, James – American Outsider Artist

James Castle (American, 1899 to 1977)

Born deaf and with limited means of communication, James Castle made art from the time he was six. Castle worked intensively, creating two- and three-dimensional works of art with the advertisements, periodicals, sticks, string, and packaging at hand in the Idaho homes he shared with his always supportive parents and siblings. He folded and bound paper and he painted with soot and improvised colors. He brought forth unmistakable [...] Click here to continue reading.

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