Monday, December 12, 2011

The Outsiders Festival - Adelaide 2012

The opening of the Outsiders Festival 2011

The Outsiders Festival, Adelaide 2012 (fourth edition) is open for registrations.

Venues so far:

The Outsiders Festival Museum
1 November - 31 December 2012

The West Torrens Auditorium
1 - 31 December 2012

1 November - 31 December 2012

$20 for three pieces (max 1m x 1m x 1m), and $5 for three images projected.
The Outsiders Festival Foundation is committed to keeping the low 10% commission on sales.

The Outsiders Short Film Festival is also open for registrations - $5 per short film
For live performances, please contact us.

Also, the Outsiders Festival Museum graciously accepts donations (works of art and/or money).

Many thanks to all of our supporters.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Outsiders Festival 2011

Seen it yet?

The Outsiders Festival 2011 has been officially open by the Honourable Gerry Kandelaars MLC, representative for the Minister for Health, Honourable John Hill MP on Wednesday, 2nd November 2011.

The performance of the Hot Tutti group (part of the Tutti Ensemble has thrilled the audience). It was music, poetry, theatre and performance, all in one very powerful show.

The exhibition includes 32 artists from Australia, Austria, France, Spain and the UK.

The Short Film Festival opens on November 5 and includes short films from Australia and Taiwan, plus a 100 short film marathon in conjunction with the Oska Bright Film Festival -

Dates 22- 24 November

The festival closes 30 November 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jeanette Nash

Earth Energy

InFiNiTy ArT wOrX By Jeanette

Not too many years ago, a friend showed me the beauty and magic of Art in the form of what is known as Mandalas.

It took me some time to trust myself, having been told in school that I couldn’t paint. In more recent years people are realising it didn’t matter if you could or not paint – look at Pro Hart, there was always someone out there, even if it was myself that appreciated the painting .

Brush to Canvas and off I went experimenting between structured forms like Mandalas to Free Form, allowing the joy of expression to flow bringing balance and a sense of well being into my life.

The Beauty of Art is in the Eyes of the Beholder and we each behold some-thing different.

We all can draw, paint, sculpt etc if we allow ourselves to sit back and let the creativity flow

I have facilitated my own Art workshops for children and adults over recent years along with co-facilitating larger programs with my friend Sharon, with whom I will be facilitating with in Feb 2012.

All paintings are done on Canvas using Acrylic Paints with occasional mix of Embossing Powders, Pens etc to enhance the painting.

Your appreciation of my ‘Works of Art’ is appreciated. For more details contact: Jeanette Nash 0411 034 177

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tim Cannell


Tim uses intricate grid structures with overlays of colour. He builds up his surfaces many times until he is satisfied, producing complex and glowing images.
Tim is a non verbal artist who spends most of his time painting, drawing and structuring his surroundings.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sharon Morgan


I have always had a fascination with Mandalas, drawing and colouring them from a young age.
Currently, I use canvas with acrylics, embossing powders and a variety of textures, including some ‘jewelled’ pieces. I also love to work with watercolour paper, watercolour markers/pencils...
All of my work is original, free-hand and intuited. Most of my designs are Mandalas, however sometimes I get busy with it and move outside the circle into a world unknown...
All my pieces are designed to speak to the inner self for perspective, intuition & healing.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

William Gregory

The choc river birth of Eileen

I like to draw, made up girls who are naked and in water. Sometimes I copy famous nude paintings and them in my own cartoon style.

Artwork detail:

This is the picture called the choc river birth of Eileen and this girl standing in a huge river of changing colour chocolate. Her name is Eileen, she is very kind, fun and like's having bathes in chocolate.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jasmine Jones


When my friend Rose died I painted this picture to remember her by.

I have been doing art work for a long time. I like to make paintings about things in my life and things that I see.

The Outsiders Festival 2011 opening

Just a reminder that the opening of the Outsiders Festival 2011 is on
Wednesday, 2nd November, 1-6 PM

The West Torrens Auditorium
1, Brooker Terrace, Hilton, 5032

To be open by Hon Gerry Kandelaars MLC, representative for the Minister for Health, Hon John Hill MP.

Performance by Hot Tutti.

The Opening gala of the Outsiders Short Film Festival is on
Saturday, 5 November, 1-4PM, same location.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Barbara Cannon

All my love

I live in the small rural town of Owen situated
between the Clare and Barossa valleys.
My surroundings are inspirational but my
inspirations useually come from my fleeting
thoughts and memories too.
For me painting is a consructive way of
day dreaming.
I need to create so I paint simply for the love of it!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Jenny Georgi

My passion with art began as a ‘hobby’ whilst raising two children. It has now transformed into my journey of becoming an ‘emerging artist’ and my dream is to become an accomplished Musician combining music and art.

My artistic, creative outpouring stems from having lived a very interesting and colourful life. Born in London, raised in Devon, then immigrating to an Australian outback opal-mining town, from the lushest part of England to the dry, arid, yet amazing Australian outback. I have been spoiled by two wonderful cultures, lifestyles and weather patterns and through this love of both beautiful countries, I have travelled back and forth several times gaining insight to both their wonderful wealth of offerings.

I have worked predominantly in the reception/clerical field and of these positions the most enjoyable one was that of Duty Manager at the Marion Cultural Centre here in Adelaide. The most honourable and rewarding unpaid role for me has undoubtedly been that of Motherhood however my time spent Volunteering with Riding for the Disabled, Make A Wish Foundation and at Coast Fm Radio Station as an On-Air Presenter have brought immense satisfaction.

Music is my biggest passion. I love to sing and play acoustic guitar which I taught myself at a very young age. That creativity also spills over into a love of art, delving into all it’s forms and never doing anything by halves, I have broken cardinal rules by trying to learn the complicated knack of watercolour painting at the same time as embarking on a journey with acrylics. I adore the fluidity that watercolour and ink bring to an artwork but feel comforted by the kindness that acrylics offer an Artist, allowing layers to be applied when a piece needs re-working and how forgiving that can be. I am very comfortable drawing in lead pencil and charcoal and have dabbled a little with pastels.

I have exhibited in Adelaide, also in SALA and once in New York City.

I grew up feeling a rapport with Salvador Dali and am still moved by the mystery and intrigue of his work today. I fell in love with Brett Whitely’s nudes the moment I first laid eyes on them. Kathryn Del Barton’s work lights my fire and drives me to want to paint more and paint better.
Marc Chagall also holds the key to driving my artistic passion.
Gustav Klimt’s work is utterly breathtaking in my eyes. Recently I saw Patricia Piccinini’s exhibition and was left almost speechless by its sheer beauty and magic. Frida Kahlo is a huge inspiration not only for her work but also for her courage.

However my most recent inspiration comes from my very talented partner in crime Artist Extraordinaire Steve Oatway. He inspires and encourages me on a daily basis with his constant support on every possible level. From our very first meeting whereupon he encouraged me to let down my hair and throw paint literally all over his floor rug our union now lies written in bold paint forevermore. Being part of his unique world is a privilege and seeing first hand the process involved in the making of his amazing junk art metal sculptures and dynamic paintings, as only a true Outsider Artist creates, I now speak and understand his language very clearly. His Mentorship has helped me blossom in life, love, art and music and our journey continues to be a wonderful work in progress.

Ph +61 407 123405

The Outsiders Festival 2011 Book is here

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Steve Oatway

While working in the Department of Defence I was asked to attend night school for an arc-welding course. It was here while welding test pieces together I discovered the Artist within. Adding this piece to that piece I began to see images appear in the metal shapes. Small creatures, faces and body parts began morphing out of these mechanical , organic shapes. As I progressed through the course and worked on larger projects I discovered the world of Junk Art.

From then on I was obsessed with collecting discarded, abandoned, so called useless pieces of junk and I wondered about the history of the pieces I found that I had dug out the earth or picked up off the streets, paddocks and back waters of the rivers and lakes. My first completed artwork was a full size self-portrait, created from farming equipment found on a disused farm in Broken Hill. At this moment in time I realised I had just reincarnated Junk into Art and given the abandoned forgotten objects that had been used for a purpose back in its day a new life. In doing so I was also cleaning up the Environment.

Wasn’t long after this revelation I quit Defence after 23 years and dedicated my life to all things art and sharing all of what I know with the world.

I have exhibited extensively throughout South Australia, Northern Territory, had Exhibitions in New York City at Monkdogz Gallery and in Texas.

I also have had an eighteen year association with amateur boxing in South Australia where I have a passion for troubled youth from broken homes and an empathy for street people where over the years I have taught the discipline of boxing and the creative world of art to enable them to have a better life.

I recently lived and worked for two years on the Imanpa Aboriginal Community in the Northern Territory teaching Junk Art, Boxing and Pathways to better Employment to the youth. During my cross cultural journey I was bestowed the honour of becoming (Bumble) Cultural Father to one of the youth who had gone through initiation from boy to man.

Currently residing and working at Punthari Church where I have an open studio and continue to live my dream as a full time Artist.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Duygu Yengin

Blue roses and flames

Born in 79 in an Aegean city Smyrna (today’s Izmir) and grew up by the Mediterranean sea, spent 6 years in US to get a PhD in economics, and finally found myself in Adelaide teaching economics in the Uni of Adelaide. All through my teenage years, I was drawn to all sorts of creative activities: writing stories and poems, acting in school dramas, clothing designs, and sketches. During my 20s, my only creative outlet was a pencil and a regular A4 paper, to answer the calling of my right brain during all those long hours of left-brain centered economics lectures I had to take in my Phd. Most of the articles I was reading have my figure sketches on them.

However, my true enchantment by the ability to express myself through art started when I bought my first set of charcoals and soft pastels, thanks to my dear friend Sevgul, who herself is a professional artist in Belgium. When she saw my sketches first time, she wholeheartedly encouraged me to embrace art and improve my skills. Unfortunately, not until this year, I found enough free time to walk that path.
In the past, once I tried oil painting for a few weeks and my verdict was that painting with brushes was not for me, that I was most comfortable using my fingers, charcoals and pastels. However, at the beginning of 2011, I wanted to give a second chance to brushes and try the set of acrylics that I received as a birthday gift. When I decided to give a chance to acrylics, it is as if they gave me a chance to discover myself all over again. It felt like that a magical portal opened to forgotten past life memories of painting and I found myself painting with acrylics as if I always used them all my life. Thanks to Outsiders Festival, I will get my first opportunity to share them with art lovers.

I have no formal art training, not much technical knowledge, but when I am in front of a canvas with a brush in my hand, with no fear of making mistakes, I get into a transcendental state and the painting creates itself on the canvas using my hands as a medium. I feel like it is not me who creates a painting, but a painting who wants to be born into our world uses me as a tool to be manifested onto canvas. I just ask the colors to talk to me, I ask them to tell me how they want to appear on the canvas, and then starts my dance of painting in the manner of a whirling dervish .

When I am painting, I rarely use my brain, everything comes into existence through my intuition, as a reflection of the nameless parts of my soul. I may never become an established, professional artist, but I truly love each and every art piece I create, because they are manifestations of my very own soul. The way I love my paintings must be the same way the universe loves its creatures. I truly feel grateful that I have this gift since as long as I can draw and paint, I can never be lonely. You can see my paintings and sketches here:

I want to end this bio with what Sevgul ( has written about me:

Duygu Yengin is a painter, but also a fantastic storyteller. In each one of her paintings, she tells us stories of women; goddesses, priestesses, and other fantastic female characters that find life in Duygu's brushstrokes and unusual palette. Taking elements from both the ethereal world and our physical world she recreates her own universe and puts her characters at play, for us to watch and ponder how much of these powerful women we see everyday around us, in our own reality.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tony Moffitt

"Working in acrylics on canvas, Moffitt has won a string of national art prizes, including the Australian Artist Magazine 2006 Challenge for still life painting.
In early 2007 Moffitt broke into the massive American market.
In the following six months he went on to win six consecutive international art prizes in the US, drawing praise from New York art critic, Marnie Chilcott who described him as 'one of the few elite artists in the world today'.
Moffitt's most notable highlight was entering four works in a field of 214 paintings submitted from around the world for the prestigious Californian prize, the 2007 Moreno Valley Art Award.
The jury of judges awarded his works first, second and third prizes and best in show.
Legendary Californian art critic, lecturer, author and President of the San Moreno Art Association, Don Phillips said 'there is no finer artist in the world today'.
In the US Moffitt has been dubbed the Wonder From Down Under.
Moffitt has exhibited in major galleries around Australia and America. His paintings hang in collections in eighteen countries around the world."

In 2009 Moffitt's paintings were exhibited in China through In2Arts International.
Since 2009 Moffitt has focussed all of his attention on developing a reputation for creating highly detailed and realistic paintings depicting the world's tugboats, ships and harbours. He is a member of the International Guild of Realism artists.

The 47 year-old artist lives just two minutes away from the harbour in Newcastle, Australia.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Francis Phelan

One of the most generous artists I've met.
He draws and writes about nature and great painters.
He draws predominantly on A3 sketchbooks and A3 envelopes.
His favourite painters are Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Van Gogh.

Jerry the mouse my friend

My friend Jerry the mouse
Lives in my house,
He's getting fat
and is so grouse.
I feed him crumbs, bread, and milk
His grey coat's like pure silk;
Jerrys very happy here
He sleeps a lot and shows no fear.
His little house is in the kitchen door
And very close to the floor;
He's my friend and likes some cheeze,
Jerry's running round the room
As I sweep the floor wit my broom,
Now it's time to go to bed
While little Jerry eats some bread.

Some of his sketchbooks and envelopes can be found in the collection of the University of South Australia and the Outsiders Festival Museum.

Marie Jönsson Harrison

Shop till you drop
Handmade ceramic and mosaic
60 x 85 cm

Born in Sweden, her grandparents were famous circus artists and her father is Adelaide based sculptor, Ted Jönsson. Marie emigrated to Australia with her family in 1972, and embarked on a highly successful career 'diversion' as an international model. Picking up on peripatetic life of her forebears she was to enjoy success as" Miss Summer Spain" 1981," South Australia Model of the Year" 1982 and "Australian Model of the Year" 1984. However her rich artistic heritage soon exerted its primacy and she began painting while pregnant with her son.

Bringing immediate zest and life to the genre of Naïve or Naïf Art (sometimes also referred to as outsiders art, innocent art, or folk art) still under the umbrella of Contemporary art, Marie developed a unique painting approach wherein figures and objects are rendered in relief, giving the works a wonderful human and tactile quality.

Marie brings to her work a great sense of humor and keen observation of life, always presenting a positive and joyful experience often with a social comment about the human condition. Her paintings, prints and sculptures are for sale and are collected widely throughout Australia and internationally. Japan and U.S.A has proved to be particularly appreciative and supportive markets for Marie.

During the last year she´s been writing an art blog called "Naïve View" (see blog page) where she details the creative process and where the inspiration comes from. This is for those among you who share Marie´s slightly quirky sense of humor and likes to find out what makes an Artist tick. "Naïve View" blog by Marie, is gaining quite a following worldwide, you can also join Marie on her page called Naïve Art by Marie Jönsson-Harrison on Facebook.

She has also got several public sculptures to her name, the largest creation spanning 44 meters across at the entrance of the mid north town of Balaklava called the Federation Gateway. This sculpture depicts a federation house with stories made from handmade ceramic and mosaic, telling some of the tales of the district over the last 100 years both in pictures and the written word on plaques.

Marie has won many Art Competitions and been the recipient of two SA Great awards for the Arts in 2002 and 2007. In South Australia she is represented by the Greenhill Gallery. Her artworks are also featured in corporate collections, private collections and several art books worldwide. Her artwork is for sale to the general public including paintings, sculptures, giclee prints and more.

Marie has lived with her husband, son and daughter on a farm for the last 17 years but have just recently decided on a "Sea change" and bought a house with panoramic sea views spanning 180 degrees in what has been described as an eagles nest, which will no doubt inspire and add to her growth and development as one of Australia's most important and original naïve artists.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011


......... just a pure line can bring so much joy,... and then you don't even need the line, and god knows, so many years have past.....and thousands of paintings, and in them are my joy...yes this is true, I have harnessed so much of my joy is there in the Art...all you have to do is look openly and you will feel it,.................and the content or the meaning, the image or the method, whatever may have held me to be interested in making it,....... it is there in what remains my Art..... you only need interest to see!

.........It's so easy to contribute to the stupidity of this world, and so many actions are deemed stupid before you can even enter the door of experiencing it first hand, so many actions are arrested.....

..........and this is how art has beeen for me.....and as we all know, the artist is in everyone except that the act of making art collides with a set of more impotant orientations, like finding food and settle and then the list goes on, until the life was spent doing other things..

...........and there was a wild animal in me with the idea that at least art i could make, and the wild animal with this mind creates the territory so that it can make art, and then those posing as lovers and friend enter the circle with no mind for this mad action he called is his madness, or love..but if this love, or drive for making Art is strong it collides with these other orientations like a hammer, and will destroy anything in its way, wisely or not....

......... so has been my life. ... and the stupidity of dumb meaningless Art must be witnessed by the Artist himself, so many things sacrfices for Art, all stabilities, even the Art itself... for significance, which to a more unquestioning mind is always present....

......... and yet, just a pure line can bring so much joy,... and then you don't even need the line, and god knows, so many years have past.....and thousands of paintings, and in them are my joy...yes this is true, I have harnessed so much of my joy is there in the Art...all you have to do is look openly and you will feel it,.................and the content or the meaning, the image or the method, whatever may have held me to be interested in making it,....... it is there in what remains my Art..... you only need interest to see!

The 451 library

The 451 library concept is based on the Fahrenheit 451 idea of burning all the books and people telling their story on a one to one basis, like reading a book.

The audience registers its interest and the “books” spend up to 30 minutes a session to tell their stories.
The audience can ask questions and the “book’ is free to answer or not. If the “book” feels uncomfortable, the “book” can stop the session at any time.
Similarly, the audience can “put down the book” at any time.

The “book” is one of the socially disadvantaged artists present in the Outsiders Festival. Any visitors to the Outsiders Festival can make a reservation for a “book”.

The 451 library performance will have one introductory session at the opening of the Outsiders Festival, on Wednesday, 2nd of November 2011, 2:30 PM and will be open for bookings until 6 PM on that day.
For bookings, contact: or Stefan Maguran at the opening of the Outsiders Festival.
The performances are being recorded on camera.

The books:
Lionel Yau, Mike Retter, Stefan Maguran, potentially others.

People willing to be considered to be “books” should contact:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Iain Tonkin

Paradise Mood

mixed media on canvas

45 x 35 cm

© Iain Tonkin 2004

Iain Tonkin -

An Australian, self-taught mixed media artist, born in South Australia in 1981.

Growing up, I lived in Western Australia, Queensland and Papua New Guinea.

My art journey started in 1988. The first artwork I can recall creating was on the outside wall of a portable classroom at my school which was titled “Rural-Mural”.

The media I currently work in includes acrylic paint and pastels. My main interests lie in community art projects.

Current projects include: Communities in Action, for Charles Sturt Council.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mike Retter

Retter is the most easily distracted artist I've ever met. Consequently, not much more than a handful are completed in any given year.

He is also the only artist I know of who is so captivated by television that the medium has informed his work; blink and you miss it.Unlike all the other artists who squirrel away preliminary sketches and first daubs and all the rest for posterity, Retter is incapable of this. Each work is a one-off, effectively worth far more than whatever you'll be lucky enough to pay for it.

If, of course, he lets you buy it.

To be moved by a Retter is to buy it; photographs and film do not do them justice, don't even come close, in fact.

The only good news for the collector is that he's become interested in portraits. If you have an interesting face.

If you don't, you're not going to get painted.

You may think this the usual unforgiveable arrogance of the artist; it isn't.

He's just busy. And easily distracted.

Robert Brokenmouth

Monika Mori

Divertimento 20 05 from the "Blues" series

Monika Mori, known as the artist MOO, works with bold colors and strokes, allowing free elements of drips and dashes to bisect her canvases. Her works are highly expressive – she has always wanted the world to hear what she has to say, and these artistic communications embody her emotions, experiences and her delight at the interaction with color. For Mori, color is liberating. Only through art can one mediate the unspeakable, so this allows for a greater freedom within a work. It is a language unto itself and there is merit to all interpretations. The subtle earth palette glows from the surface of the canvas and illuminates the striking dripped forms. Their uneven linear progress forms crowds, forests, circuitry – they travel and lead us on through the painting and beyond. The strength of these paintings reflects the strength of Mori herself, and the intensity of the message she has to convey.

Monika Mori currently lives in Vienna (Austria) and Fort Myers (Florida, United States)


Statement: „I see art, in Goethe's words, as the mediator of the unspeakable. In my art I am able to use the materials, colors and techniques to express my thoughts, feelings and personal experiences. It is part of how I communicate. Painting is for me a supremely joyful process, which always comes with an inner smile that only grows. Part of the pleasure of painting is the hope that the results will spread light and goodness in the world, and help viewers to get in touch with their inner selves. In this way, it fits into the rest of my life, especially into my work with the non-profit organisation I set up to assist the rehabilitation of unemployed and socially disadvantaged individuals.“ …I´m celebrating 5th anniversary today – I founded my project on the 1st of September in 2006 ;)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jungle Phillips

Jungle Phillips - International art gallery - 558 Marion Road, Plympton Park

I started in 1978 when my older brother Steven committed suicide in front of me.

I went to Dandenong asylum and a guy said draw what you see.

Before that I really loved art.

I was raised in a very bad environment. My dad drank a lot and bashed me up a lot of the time. Art at that time wasn’t considered very good.

I loved art. I always wanted to be an artist.

I started drawing in 1978.

Then I came down to Adelaide.

I started to draw at night time after work and a nurse started to buy my drawings. I did a little painting. A friend of mine that I was working with gave me some art books and I started painting, but I did a lot of drawing.

I came to Adelaide to escape from an alcohol and drugs life when another borther committed suicide.

Then I met Tony White who went to the school of art and got me painting.

I’ve been painting since 1992.

I had an accident in 1992 and I became prolific as I was painting for a living.

I lived up the road from the cabinet makers and they had a lot of wood. I collected the wood and started painting.

My message is hope, love trust. People have to have hope.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Esther Furber

Dreamtime eldest womens
they travel, from east to south
south to west, and they pick up
any women along the track when
they're travelling, when they get
to the biggest ceremony ground
when they start singing and-
dancing, no one can't come to late

Esther Furber, (18-05-1955-), language/tribe: Arrunda, region: Santa Teresa

Esther Furber is one of the few Aboriginal artists selling off the grass in the Todd Mall in Alice Springs.

After the money to establish the Tangentyere artists cooperative ran out, Esther, like so many others, has been left to fend for herself.

The introduction by the Alice Springs Town Council, following a complaint from a gallerist of a $205 a day permit to sell her art, Esther, like all the other artists selling off the grass, has little understanding of the permit system and is confused and resentful.

Nevertheless, her art is beautiful, profound and very decorative.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Frédérique Albou

A voice among many others ...

Born in 1947, I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil or even a pen ... aaah the smell of purple ink ... the first marks on the graph paper, applied, I still have the crunching of the fingers ... no erasures, no pies, full and loose ... and the blotting paper with beautiful and unusual patches ... beyond the imagination as a bonus ... and bit by bit over the years I learned all the techniques with enthusiasm, and the freedom of movement and the freedom of the pattern, ... now my preference, my choice is ink and acrylic on canvas or paper, a feast of color or black and white, according to the inspiration of the moment ...

nothing to add ... Rather than talking about it I prefer to offer it to the viewer and as long as there is someone who discovers it or their intimate or personal experiences... this sharing is surely the true culmination of art in itself, it is my deep convictionédérique-Albou-MonArt/151611451566750

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gary Molloy

Gary Moloy at Christie's in London

My name is Gary Molloy, I’m an Artist, poet and charity worker. I was diagnosed with Bi-polar 1 disorder, which is a severe form of the illness in my mid-twenties. I use Art, as a medium for channeling crippling mood swings.

Help people through Art

Painting still-lives, landscapes and figures, my interest lies in the outline of forms and not in their intricate details. My work is insular and immediate – a characteristic which is accentuated by use of impasto and broad brush strokes.
Ten years ago, I arrived at Core Arts, a mental health charity which helps people connect with and discover their creative potential. I’d never been remotely interested in Art before, but the spark of creativity that my first visit ignited, flared into a blaze of exuberance with flame like forms and scar like brushstrokes. In recent years the glow of this period has blended with more subtle realizations of beauty in the observed object or chosen motif.
Through my art and poetry, I could finally connect with something creative. I had found my vocation and it turned into my purpose. I have rediscovered my dreams, which were shattered by 10 years of illness.
One of the first paintings I sold, in the early days at Core Arts, was titled Freedom. I slowly realized that Freedom is not escape from the Storm; its peace within the Storm. Another Painting I sold was titled Forgiveness. This began the journey of forgiving myself and others.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Dan Casado

Red land

Daniel 'Dan' Casado
Spanish self-taught artist, born in Argentina in 1956.

Living in Spain since 1980,
with home-studio in the island of El Hierro,
Canary Islands

Member of WHO-HA DA-DA Outsider Art Movement, USA
Member of AMIS Art Insolite, FRANCE

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Julia Sisi


I am an animal.

A female human animal.

A female animal who paints.

And, when I paint, I want to show,

to share the deep perception of female beings.

Inspired, forced by my inner female condition,

radiating to/from other powerful women, goddesses, mythical queens…

Helping the paper, allowing it to transform itself into windows,

opening to my secluded inner world.

Always self-questioning, always finding unexpected answers.

Still in search, still growing, always beginning.

Proudly living the ME as SHE.



The first movie I saw in my life was 'Ulysses', with Kirk Douglas.

I was 5 years old, we had no television at home, I was not used to see fiction images...

and I believed all these fantastic creatures moving on the big screen,

cyclops, giants and sirens,

I believed they were real, they actually existed!

The sensation of astonishment these creatures caused on me, half marvel/half fear,

opened my eyes to a new, unlimited world of wonders.

The world was never the same to me, before I went out of the cinema.

More or less by the same time, I was shocked when an strange black machine

talked to me!

In fact, it was simply a bakelite telephone, and it was ringing...

so I put the black machine close to my ear, as my mother used to do,

and, believe me, it talked, said 'Hello' to me!

The unexpected voice coming out from a machine made me understand

that this telephone was a veritable 'Living Machine'.


Now, more than 40 years later, after 20 years of hard exile

(the same time Ulysses spent going back to Ithaca),

I found my home in the small island where I live,

surrounded by the Sea.

And now I know, and can tell you for sure, that all these fantastic creatures,

cyclops, giants, medusas, angels and devils,

sky fishes and blonde sirens, living machines and flying chairs...

they exist, all of them are TRUE!

And I paint to show, to share the wonder, to recover and bring to life

these intangible, secret worlds.


Julia Sisi was born in 1957 in Argentina,

from spanish mother and south-american aboriginal father (Guarani indians)

In the latest seventies her native country was dominated by military dictators,

and in 1980 she exiled to Spain.

In 2003 she established her home-studio in the volcanic island of El Hierro,

the smallest of the Canary Islands,

not far from Northwest Africa, in the middle of the Atlantic Sea


Monday, July 18, 2011

Liz Parkinson

Woman with creepy crawlies

Liz didn't ever study art formally, and after leaving school, she became a social science teacher.

She taught for a while, and then went travelling.

Subsequently she studied silversmithing, which she taught instead, and spent a lot of time developing her unique pen and ink style. In 1977 Liz met Herbert Eckert in Sydney, and he sent examples of her artwork to Jean Dubuffet in France.

The latter then recommended that some of these should be purchased by the Collection de L'art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, so they purchased three pieces.

Since then, her drawings have appeared in various Outsider Art exhibitions in Australia and overseas, and are now included in several significant collections.

These days she lives near Terrigal, NSW, on the edge of a rainforest, and some of the creatures from there have a habit of finding their way into her work.