FOLK ART FROM THE DEEP SOUTH
on discarded materials,such as grocery bags
and roofing material, their paintings are direct,powerful,
and from the heart.
The strength of these artists work
is their lack of
self-consciousness as to what their art is or should be.
It is their sheer impulse to
create, and there in its raw
beauty lies its power.
Outsiders, with its romantic overtone,
has been the most popular term to describe these
They are self-taught , imaginative, and many of them have been
isolated from the contemporary art world. Even though
and isolation have in many cases nurtured their creativity, often they
have been misunderstood and shunned
by their relatives, friends and peers.
The art is produced by untrained people who draw on their culture
and experiences in an isolated world; made with a true, untutored,
creative passion. It’s raw, and expressive. Anton Haardt has been interested
in this field for over twenty years ,and had over the years become friends
with many of the Southern Folk
and these pieces are from her collection.
Artists such as Mose Tolliver, Jimmie Sudduth,Royal Robertson,Lonnie Holley,
Charlie Lucas, and more.
Royal Robertson, a sign painter by trade, was born in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.
He has been scorned by his neighbors
and has turned to obsessive records of his visions in
imagery and writings.His drawings show his accomplished trade of sign painter in their
Howard Finster- In the mid-1970s Howard had a vision. While using his finger to dab paint on a bicycle,
he saw a human face in the fingertip. Howard interpreted this as a sign from God that he should
create works of art in order to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From then until his death,
Howard Finster painted almost non-stop. He slept very little and painted detailed accounts of his
visions and dreams.
Holley creates large, figurative works that manage to look naive but sophisticated
at the same time.
His primitive recycled junk and sandstone scupltures
are powerful, as are his drawings. With no formal training
he makes constructions from
found objects and uses vivid colors, textures, and bold images.