exhibition # 1
a collection of outsider art that inspires other artists
henry darger 1892-1973 (america).
devout hermit and janitor whose panoramic illustrations for a self-penned fairytale fictionalised his own troubled childhood.
( inspires david byrne / paul chan / karin mamma andersson )
sister gertrude morgan 1900-1980 (american)
self-proclaimed bride of christ whose artworks and music were intended to help spread the word at her new orleans faith mission.
( inspires lee friedlander )
sam doyle 1906-1985 (america)
laundry worker whose paintings on tin and wood depict the local populus of st. helena, themselves descendants of south carolina's freed slaves.
( inspires ed ruscha )
morton bartlett 1909-1992 (america)
amateur sculptor and photographer who created, fashioned and photographed a secret family pf pre-teenage mannequins.
( inspires grayson perry / marnie weber )
william hawkins 1895-1990 (america)
kentucky born hunter, truck driver, scrap merchant and pimp, five foot four hawkins created giant canvases of thick house paint and collage.
( inspires jeff mcmillan / jockum nordstrom )
reverend william blayney 1918-1985 (america)
born-again pentecostal lay preacher whose garish fire and brimstone tablets illustrated his prophetic biblical sermons.
( inspires shezad dawood )
george widener 1962- (america)
southern artist with exceptional memory and mathematical skills, whose inner world is revealed in beguiling diagrams on discarded napkins.
( inspires colin rhodes )
johann hauser 1926-1996 (slovakia)
illiterate, autistic and schizophrenic, hauser's vivid world of figures and shapes made him among the most celebrated of all gugging artists.
( inspires arnulf rainer )
prophet royal robertson 1936-1997 (america)
sign painter whose drawings and decorated environment were dedicated either to visions of the future or curses against his ex-wife.
( inspires scott ogden )
george thaxton miller 1900-1988 (america)
burly southern entrepreneur and eccentric who took on the ku klux klan, local government and anyone else who stood in the way of profit.
( inspires peter saville )
reverend jesse howard 1885-1983 (america)
retired farmer whose biblical and political rants formed hand-painted signs and banners plastered across his home and yard.
( inspires bob and roberta smith )
justin mccarthy 1892-1977 (america)
wealthy law student whose liberated oils and drawings portrayed movie stars, ice skaters, plantlife and beasts, all in glorious colour.
( inspires jeff mcmillan )
carlo zinelli 1916-1974 (italy)
italian butcher and soldier whose battle scars found form in three thousand works depicting bullet ridden creatures and mystic texts.
( inspires daniel baumann )
nek chand 1924 - (india)
indian road-worker who recycled the remains of his village to create an organic kingdom of figures to rival the linear city of chandigarh.
( inspires sunand prasad / idris khan / thukral and tagra )
william scott 1964 - (america)
artist and good person who portrays himself and his family as the skyline friendly organisation in a newly re-developed 'praise frisco.
( inspires david byrne )
anna zemankova 1908-1986 (czechoslovakia)
dental technician and late-blooming artist whose embroidered botanical drawings were guided by forces beyond her understanding or control.
( inspires paul noble )
morris hirshfield 1872-1946 (ukraine)
east coast slipper manufacturer who turned to painting in his 70's and who was subsequently honoured with a one-man show at moma in 1943.
( inspires bruno bischofberger )
howard finster 1916-2001 (america)
paradise garden superstar and preacher whose finger called on him to paint the word of god, and whose works number in the tens of thousands.
( inspires jarvis cocker )
louis wain 1860-1939 (britain)
english artist whose famous drawings of mischievous cats abstracted as his behaviour grew increasingly erratic at the onset of schizophrenia.
( inspires mathew weir / nick cave )
the museum of everything is in NW1, london.
admission is free.