Visionary / Intuitive / "Outsider" Art | 15 Images

In recent decades, art scholars, museum curators and collectors have struggled to put labels on art forms which depart from classic fine art categories and whose makers may live and work outside the mainstream of society and the art world. These terms can be problematic, or, at least, imprecise.

Art Brut - The idea of art brut or “raw art” appeared around 1945. Its conception is generally attributed to the French painter Jean Dubuffet who meant by the term "works executed by those immune to artistic culture in which imitation has no role” where their creators take all subjects, materials and styles from their own individuality and not from the base of classical art or from art fashion trends. Many of them were patients of psychiatric hospitals or other institutions. Their works are conceived without consideration of any specific destination, or any audience at all. Dubuffet argued that while mainstream culture managed to assimilate every new development in art, thus taking away whatever power it might have had, creators of art brut were not willing or able to be assimilated and therefore immune to the influences of culture.

“Outsider” Art - The term was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut. While Dubuffet's term is quite specific, the English term "outsider” art is often applied more broadly to include certain self-taught or naif art makers who were never institutionalized. Typically, those labeled as “outsider” artists are believed to have little or no contact with the institutions of the mainstream art world. They often employ unique materials or fabrication techniques. Much “outsider” art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds. “Visionary” or “Intuitive Art” are other terms used, especially where the subject matter of the works includes images of a spiritual or religious nature. Intuitive art is probably the most general term available.

“Outsider art” has emerged as a successful art marketing category. Regrettably, today the term is frequently applied as a catch-all marketing label for art created by people outside the art world mainstream, regardless of their circumstances, the content of their work, or their awareness of it.

 

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More images are shown in the portfolio "Self-Taught Artists: Paintings from Europe and the Americas", below.

 

 

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Francisco Antonio, Untitled, acrylic on board, Pernambuco Brazil, 1960
Francisco Antonio, Untitled, acrylic on board, Pernambuco Brazil, 1960
Kerry Damianakes, Three Strawberry and Vanilla Sodas, oil pastel paper
Kerry Damianakes, Three Strawberry and Vanilla Sodas, oil pastel paper
 Luis Aguilera, Untitled, crayon on paper, 2003
Luis Aguilera, Untitled, crayon on paper, 2003
Pierre Silvin, Untitled, lead pencil on paper, 25x18, 1997
Pierre Silvin, Untitled, lead pencil on paper, 25x18, 1997
Kerry Damianakes, Red Tulips,  oil pastel paper, 1998
Kerry Damianakes, Red Tulips, oil pastel paper, 1998
Dwight Mackintosh, Untitled, ink and watercolor on paper, 1980's
Dwight Mackintosh, Untitled, ink and watercolor on paper, 1980's
George Wilson, untitled, crayon and pencil on wood, not dated
George Wilson, untitled, crayon and pencil on wood, not dated
George Wilson, Untitled, crayon and pencil on wood, 2004
George Wilson, Untitled, crayon and pencil on wood, 2004
Pancho Cruz, Untitled 1, crayon on paper, 26x20
Pancho Cruz, Untitled 1, crayon on paper, 26x20
Pancho Cruz, Untitled 2, crayon on paper, 20x26
Pancho Cruz, Untitled 2, crayon on paper, 20x26
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José Núñez, Birds (Fauna), crayon and marker on paste board, 2004
José Núñez, Birds (Fauna), crayon and marker on paste board, 2004
José Núñez, Birds 3, crayon and marker on paste board, 2004
José Núñez, Birds 3, crayon and marker on paste board, 2004
Gerard Sendrey, Untitled, watercoloran ink on film paper, 14x10, 1999
Gerard Sendrey, Untitled, watercoloran ink on film paper, 14x10, 1999