It’s been called art brut, or raw art — but through history some artists have defied classification. Working outside the mainstream art world we find wildly creative people rewriting history, preaching a message, or trying to silence their demons.
Reed Enger, "Outsider Art, Unconventional visions," in Obelisk Art History, Published October 20, 2016; last modified May 28, 2020, http://arthistoryproject.com/subjects/outsider-art/.
Sit today, my dear child: whosoever's hungry, may bark: the warhose flies in the wind: the pointer with the trowel: is truly my worst foe.
The man who rewrote his life1864-1930
Anti-gravity fuel and the adventures of the Sonora Aero Club1830-1923
A pacifist paints lions and leopards1780-1849
Non-competitive art for the literati, gay and polyglot1871-1944
Painting dreams with a child's brush1844-1910
The world isn't ready1862-1944
Religion in technicolor1920-2013
Jamaica's long night1891-1947
Who was Joshua Johnson?1763-1824
Cocoons, totems and twins1943-2005
An orphan talks to angels1882-1961
Will paint for food1862-1918
In death, celebrate life1947-
They're marionettes. That's what they are1879-1948