Showing posts with label outsider art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outsider art. Show all posts

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mark Cersosimo's short film about Stephen Wright's *House Of Dreams*

By Jack Brummet, Outsider Art Ed.

Mark Cersosimo recently made a short about Stephen Wright, who turned his London home into an artwork, “The House Of Dreams."

I would love to make a US house of dreams. If anyone has a spare house I could use, let me know!

The House Of Dreams from Mark on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Keira Rathbone's amazing typewriter drawings

By Jack Brummet, Analog Arts Ed.

Keira Rathbone makes cool drawings with a 1960s typewriter.   She mainly employs dashes, slashes, and brackets, while using the letters mostly for shading.  This is her website.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Interesting: who's channeling whom?

My friend Hira found this on the wall of an examining room at Yale (she's in medical school, becoming a PA).  She had seen it numerous times, but one day realized the characters resembled the ones in my (Jack's) faces drawings series...the faces all similar to mind, and done in the same sort of format--squares on a grid, with each portrait a shoulders-up head shot.  It is a little eerie, but easily explainable when two people who like to draw, but being unschooled, use an approach more closely rooted in comics and folk art than in the studio portrait tradition.  It will look like this (artist unknown--click to enlarge):

Or this: 

(jack brummet drawing - click to enlarge)

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Drawing No. 142

Faces Drawing No. 142 By Jack Brummet
(Selected by Pablo Fanque, National Affairs Editor ed's note: this is my favorite in the series)

click the drawing to enlarge/zoom; Right click to save


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Nicaraguan toilet paintings of Masaya

click to enlarge the painting

My brother and sister in law, Dean and Mary, brought back an oil painting for me that they discovered in Masaya, Nicaragua, at one of the art markets. You can read about their trip at the notorious Almost There In No Time.

When they saw this canvas, they knew just who would love the work. As it turns out, Dean Ericksen told me there were dozens of paintings of people sitting on the toilet in the art stalls! I have researched this up and down the 'net and been unable to find any references to how this genre of painting came to be popular in Masaya, Nicaragua. I may have to travel there to find the answer. Dean did say that much of the art clearly mimicked popular or well-known painters, like Diego Rivera or Posada. Clearly there was some germination point, and I am hoping one of our readers can either find information, or may even know about this subject matter. Clearly, the palette is Mexican/Central American. The colors, tilework, and spartan furnishings of the bath absolutely remind me of baths in places I have seen or stayed in Jalisco and Nayarit.

The painting is on stretched canvas. The stretcher bars are not the traditional ones we use in the U.S., but they are mitered. The bars don't seem to be interlocking, but they are tight. The canvas itself is fairly light. The canvas, along the edges is clearly not primed, but I think it may be primed under the actual face of the canvas, where the oil paint was applied. Instead of the canvas staples we use, the canvas is attached to the stretchers by small galvanized nails or brads. The paint is glazed with some sort of medium or varnish; I can tell because they missed a very small patch. It almost looks like there was some sort of mistake that was painted over on the yellow wall, and they forgot to varnish that correction. The painting seems to have been signed by "Velasquez" and it seems to have the abbreviation "Nic."

I have seen numerous impressionist paintings focused around the bath, but none with such an explicit focus on the toilet itself. In those paintings, you usually see a zoftig woman combing her hair. In this painting however, the subject of the painting is clearly using the toilet, with her panties resting just below knee-level. I don't know how to explain this one, but I gladly display it, alongside my other treasured folk-art pieces. . .none of which I really know the provenance of. If you just winced, yeah, I know it's tref to end a sentence with a preposition. It's late and I'm feeling lazy. Selah.