Outsider Art

This field is one of the most contentious banners within folk art, but basically refers to untrained folk art on the periphery.

Outsider Art

Outsider Art

Stemming from the psychological art of asylums, therapeutic art, and European art brut (raw art) Outsider Art lends itself to the more intellectual, academic, and medical collectors. Initially a European phenomenon acknowledged by Jean Dubuffet’s exposure to the Prinzehon Collection and other psychotherapeutic collections.

True outsider art is rarely created for a general audience or for profit; rather it is highly idiosyncratic, creative act in its purist form.  Outsiders are often highly reclusive or mentally challenged individuals living “outside” the mainstream like street people or in asylums, prisons, or seclusion. Artists like Adolph Wolfli, Henry Darger, and Lee Godie would be good examples of this type of art and individuals.