Published 01 December 2018
Photographs by Dianne Longley of domestic dwellings in and around Adelaide South Australia.
In a remote corner of the south west of Western Australia, a school teacher who had never trained in art, was the catalyst for a school of landscape painting reminiscent of the style of Namatjira. Everything about this story was remarkable, not least that this happened over 40 years ago and that the average age of the artists was 10. The place was a tiny settlement known as Carrolup, now known as Marribank near Katanning.
Published December 1992
Art Brut is that manner of making something whereby all of the individual is.
Review MFG: A report on the first eight months of Greenaway Art Gallery Opened in March 1992
As a sculptor working in metal I have been interested for some time in combining plants with the hard surfaces of copper and steel. The issues involved in using shrubs and trees are many, including that the work isn't trivialised or lacking in credibility, transport and of course storage.
He was always delighted to be fighting with someone....
Arts Project Australia was formed in Melbourne in 1974 as an advocacy group for artists with an intellectual disability. The initial aim of the organisationwas to gather a comprehensive collections of artworks from centres in Victoria working with people with an intellectual disability.
Artists of the modern era have always been fascinated by the primitive, be it the obsession of the surrealists, futurists and modernists for the art of the Negro, the passion of a handful of British in the 60s for the work of the Cornish primitive Alfred Wallis or Jean Dubuffet's exploration of children's art and the art of the asylum which he termed Art Brut.
The popular understanding of the so-called 'insane' artist cannot be summarised better than in the schmaltzy lyrics of 'Vincent' written and sung by Don McLean in the 1970s. He plaintively chides those who misunderstood the living Van Gogh and charges them with the responsibility for his suicide.
Looks at the environment of Maria "Mad Mary" Hermann at her house in Leederville Western Australia.
Book review Blue Bush, Blue Sky and Silver Guide to artists and galleries of Broken Hill.
Looks at the works of Anthony Hopkins.
Looks at the works of Talc Alf working in Lyndhurst South Australia.