Posted by: outsiderart1 | July 30, 2017

Jennifer Lauren Gallery – new project

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Hello all

So … after a very long silence I am happy to announce that after many months of planning and other life occurrences, I have set up my own website and online gallery supporting a small number of overlooked artists. This blog will now become archived, and all events and recommended exhibitions will be made from my new website. Visit and sign up for the newsletter. Also, follow Jennifer Lauren Gallery on facebook, twitter or instagram to get more information.

Alongside the eight artists I currently work with, new artists will continue to be added and I am busy planning my second pop-up exhibition in London in October. The first exhibition, a solo show for Masao Obata, was hugely successful, and I am looking forward to what the future holds!

Thanks for following this blog across the years and I look forward to seeing you over on my new project!


Posted by: outsiderart1 | May 17, 2016

Online exhibition call-out

My friend Kate Davey is creating an online exhibition looking at the term outsider art and what it means in the 21st century. This is definitely something that you should get involved with…

She currently has a call-out for submissions to an online exhibition focusing on the term outsider art and what it means to YOU as an artist. regularly focuses on the ambiguities of the term outsider art and what potential impact it might have on the artists it aims to ‘define.’ Kate Davey is inviting artists who might in some way align themselves with the term outsider art to tell her what they think. She would like to know what you think of the term outsider art, and – if you have an idea – what a better term might be.

Kate is looking for responses in a variety of media – using words, images, sculpture, performance, sound – to contribute to an online exhibition challenging the term outsider art. Unlike other conversations around the term, she would like to work together to break down the term outsider art and for you to really think about what it means to you as an artist.

Submitted work must be in a digital format – this can be images, a sound or movie file, or a PDF or Word Document. Each artist can submit one piece, and all pieces must be accompanied with a brief description of how it relates to the continuing conversation around outsider art. Please email all submissions to by 1st July 2016.

Posted by: outsiderart1 | May 17, 2016

Encounters with the Spirit World

Coming soon to London is an exhibition titled ‘Encounters with the Spirit World’ at The College of Psychic Studies

From 14 ­-20th August 2016 The College of Psychic Studies invites you to encounter the spirit world with an exhibition of over 500 spirit photographs, mediumistic artworks and artefacts relating to séances from 1856 until the present day.

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White Darkness by Aradne

Six floors of their Victorian townhouse in South Kensington will showcase the College’s outstanding collection, including the visionary paintings of Ethel Le Rossignol, Victorian writing slates, spirit trumpets, planchettes and crystal balls. Expect to see the President’s office used by former College President Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and still in use today, and the rooms where psychic detective Harry Price built his laboratory.

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Glow by Chris Neate

This will also be an opportunity to see several new acquisitions for the college by Outside In artists Aradne, Chris Neate, Daniel and Jan Arden and international artists Zinnia Nishikawa and Damian Michaels. Their mediumistic, automatic and visionary artworks will be an important addition to the College’s collection and will undoubtedly inspire future generations of psychic students. Visitors will have the chance to purchase artworks by these artists during the exhibition as well.

Address: 16 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2EB
Opening times: 12­-5pm
Free Admission

For more information please contact Vivienne Roberts the Curator:


Posted by: outsiderart1 | November 26, 2015

What Does the Term ‘Outsider Art’ Mean to You?

Check out this post from my colleague Kate Davey, who has grouped together recent discussions she has had with artists about the term Outsider Art. An interesting read … bringing up lots of further questions too.

Source: What Does the Term ‘Outsider Art’ Mean to You?

Posted by: outsiderart1 | November 3, 2015

A Discerning Eye – Orleans House Gallery, London

I for one am very much looking forward to the below exhibition, showcasing highlights from the Henry Boxer Collection. A must visit if you are in London soon!

Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham is excited to present a contemporary exhibition revealing the rich diversity of the Henry Boxer Collection. Henry Boxer, the Richmond-based dealer and collector who has now reached the milestone age of 65 has for four decades been a pioneer in collecting and promoting outsider and visionary art from across the world.

Take this unique opportunity to explore the fascinating perspectives of acclaimed outsider and visionary artists, including the Edwardian portrayer of mad cats, Louis Wain; the housewife-medium, Madge Gill; the visionary depicter of resurrections, Donald Pass; and contemporary savant artists George Widener and Stephen Wiltshire.

Orleans House Gallery has been given unparalleled access to Henry Boxer’s gallery works as well as highlights from his own personal collection to present a compelling introduction to an art movement that, finally, in recent years is receiving the recognition it deserves. Follow your own discerning eye around this extraordinary collection of visionary works, from the occult to the mediumistic, and be amazed and spellbound by the gems on display.

Dates: 14 November – 7 February 2016

Venue: Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ

Posted by: outsiderart1 | November 1, 2015

HEY at Halle Saint Pierre, Paris

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The poster outside

On Monday 26 October, after a few days working at the Outsider Art Fair in Paris (which you can read about here – written by my colleague Kate), we went along to la Halle Saint Pierre to catch its current exhibition. I had been told many good reviews about this exhibition, so I was looking forward to it. ‘HEY’ incorporated modern art and pop culture by both trained and untrained artists. In all, I think there were some extremely strong and fascinating pieces, with some pieces that were not really my thing thrown in as well. I have written about artists that I particularly liked – you are not allowed to take photos so I have tried to source some on the internet where possible!
This exhibition is on until 13 March 2016, and do be sure to visit the bookshop when there too as it is fantastic!
The work of Hirotoshi Ito made me giggle. He was born in Japan in 1958 and his playful work shows large stones that he has collected, with zips for mouths and false teeth inside them. Each stone had a completely unique character, with some comical and some quite creepy.
Hirotoshi Ito art work

Hirotoshi Ito art work

After seeing Marie Rose Lortet’s beautiful lace sculptural houses at the Art Fair, I was grateful to see the lace skulls of Herve Bohnert in this exhibition. They completely held their own much like Lortet’s, with each one unique and pinned to the wall in a very simple way.
Tom McKee was born in the USA in 1957. He had a series of black ink drawings on display showing the Universe. It was said these were created following the rhythm of an ‘intuitive series of images.’ McKee said “I have always had trouble with images flipping and twisting in my head. I decided long ago not to fight it, but to use it as something that helps make my work unique.” These images were dark in subject matter, and very detailed in places.
The films of Mark Ryden very clearly stay in my mind, and I think they will do for a good while! They are quite creepy short films that entice you, well they certainly did that to me. The singing potato head with several eyes, singing ‘a bicycle made for two’ was a firm favourite of mine!
Ludovic Levasseur, who was born in France in 1969, created strange mummified creatures that were all displayed on the tops of poles – placed very close together. Levasseur said, “Yes it is easy to give in to the temptation of the gratuitously morbid…My pieces are never finished. I live with them – I can intervene again at any time.” The collection of these together made a real impact, and I was thinking in my mind that I would love to see something like this submitted to Outside In’s Radical Craft call-out.
Gilbert Peyre art work

Gilbert Peyre art work

The final two artists that grasped my attention both created moving artworks. Gilbert Peyre is a French self-taught visual artist and theatre director. On display are several weird sculptural pieces that move on the click of a button. To me. They seem to have a strange sexual feel to them, but they also left me a bit creeped out!
The second artist, Albert Salle, died at the age of 86. He created what he called animated miniatures or little theatres. These are wind up pieces that you are not allowed to touch yourself, but each one tells a little story. They are very beautiful pieces of art, even without the moving parts. What made me sad about this artist though, was the last line of he wall text … “He died deeply depressed that his small theatres that were on display, were being trashed everyday.” It still makes me sad to think how unhappy this had made him.
Posted by: outsiderart1 | August 24, 2015

Daniel and Rodney: two perspectives on geometric form

Last week saw the opening of Outside In: Bethlem, which I co-curated with Beth Elliott of the Bethlem Gallery. It was a wonderfully intimate opening with the artist Daniel present, and there are two events to accompany – a talk and a workshop. You can read more about the exhibition here on Kate’s blog.
Do get along to Beckenham to the Bethlem Gallery inside the Museum of the Mind, to see this exhibition.


This month sees the opening of an Outside In exhibition in collaboration with Bethlem Gallery. Outside In: Bethlem will showcase the work of Daniel and Rodney, who have refined yet differing perspectives on geometric form. The exhibition will run from 19 August – 11 September at Bethlem Gallery, which is situated within the grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, Kent.

Daniel and Rodney were selected for the exhibition by Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery, who was drawn to the idea of two artists using drawing within their work, but to different ends. Both Daniel and Rodney use linear marks to create sophisticated images, but whilst Daniel builds up complex mandala-like structures, Rodney pares back all detail to the simplest of forms.

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Posted by: outsiderart1 | August 24, 2015

First showing of Japanese artist in the UK

Outside In and the Julian Hartnoll Gallery are delighted to announce the opening of an exhibition of intricate ink drawings by Japanese artist Shinya Fujii at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery in London. The first time his work has been seen outside of Japan, Shinya Fujii: Outsider art from Japan will run from 4 – 13 September 2015.

13. 30 x 21 2010-22Born in 1969, Fujii became interested in art following a magazine article, after which he won a prize for his entry into a comic book design competition whilst a high school student. At school Fujii was frequently bullied, leaving him introverted. After leaving school he worked for many years at an automotive assembly plant, and as a security guard in Tokyo, and other cities, in an effort to save enough money to study abroad; a lifelong dream of his.

Diagnosed with schizophrenia in later life, Fujii started making his drawings following the death of his father in 2007. His works are constructed on Kraft paper with fine line ink from a narrow-nibbed pen. Whilst making his work, Fujii listens to folk music, saying: “My artworks let me create images like a wave of music lines.” The patterns he creates weave together to make robots, insects, plants and Balinese seashells.

For a long time, Fujii wanted to visit Bali, and this is reflected in frequently used motifs originating from the southern region of Bali seen in the guidebooks that adorn his desk. Perhaps Fujii’s fascination with the clement climate of Bali comes from his own experience of the harsh winters of his home in Hokkaido, Northern Japan, where the temperature regularly drops below minus twenty degrees Celsius.

Alongside his fondest for Bali, Fujii has a keen interest in Buddhism, saying that he has adopted “a view of the world that Buddhism preaches about Buddha” in his works.

Depending on his health, Fujii draws for between five minutes and one hour a day, taking between one and three months to complete a piece.

32. 102 - 72Get along to the Julian Hartnoll Gallery between 4 – 13 September to see these incredible pieces by Shinya Fujii …
Julian Hartnoll Gallery, 37 Duke Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6DF
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 2:30pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm. Admission free

Posted by: outsiderart1 | August 2, 2015

Outsider Art in the Art Market

A couple of Fridays ago I attended a talk at the Royal Academy of Arts titled Outsider Art in the Art Market, which was linked to the Joseph Cornell exhibition. If you follow this link you can see the write up that I did for it for Outside In.

Posted by: outsiderart1 | June 3, 2015

Intuitive Visions: Shifting the Margins … Brighton

jen1So this week, I took down an exhibition that I had hung in Brighton as part of the contemporary arts festival called HOUSE Festival, which had been up since the beginning of May. I definitely should have blogged earlier on this, but life got in the way (as it often seems to)! The exhibition Intuitive Visions: Shifting the Margins bought together nine east sussex based artists who were all affiliated with the Outside In project. That project exists to support artists who face barriers to the art world for one reason or another. It has been a very successful exhibition in many ways, with comments in the book, including:

  • “A very moving exhibition where the thoughts, fears, joys of the artists hit you right between the eyes!! The best show I’ve seen in a long time. Thank you.”
  • “Thank you so much – amazing exhibition – best of the festival!”

jen2For the artists it seems to have taken many on a journey. One artist had never shown his work to anyone before except his social worker. I met him and knew there was something special about his work straight away. It was then selected to be exhibited and we got the work framed for him. We also chose to use his image on the invite, which he couldn’t quite believe. On the day of the private view he arrived in smart new clothes, to be greeted by many people wanting to meet him and talk about his art. He was blown away, exclaiming that it had been the best day of his life. He did question whether he should believe all of the positive comments given to him, but then continued with … ‘can i call myself an artist now?’ I said of course, but that it shouldn’t have taken other people saying that to him for him to think it in the first place. I also spent time chatting with exhibition visitors on other occasions. One visitor told me that she had cried all the way round – she said she was so moved by all of the work, and humbled and honored that she could witness it. From this she booked herself in to come to our ‘meet the artists’ event and spent the entire evening chatting with each artist in turn about their work. That evening again was very special and another artist that Outside In works with read out some beautiful and thought provoking poems about some of the artists and their art works.

jen3Several works sold throughout the exhibition, which was a great boost for the artists. However, the main goal of this exhibition was to get these artists and their work out their to wider audiences and to get their work seen on an equal footing. I think this exhibition has gone some way in doing that in Brighton for the project, so long may it continue. I would also like to say thank you to all the artists in the exhibition for allowing Outside In to share their work and to be a part of their lives!

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