Great value and great service! We get the best price from MisterArt.com

Leslie Gilbert, AZ

More Testimonials »

Styles & Periods
Outsider Art

The term Outsider Art designates a wide variety of non-mainstream aesthetic expressions by uncommon artists ranging from asylum inmates to retired Baptist preachers. Originally a moniker of European origin, it was an attempt to anglicize and make palatable the artist/collector Jean Dubuffet's term “art brut” or “raw art.” Just after WWII, Dubuffet began collecting drawings, paintings and sculptures made by schizophrenics living in Swiss insane asylums--among them Adolph Wolfli, Aloise Corbaz and Heinrich Anton Mueller--and began promoting their compositions as aesthetically viable outside the traditional diagnostic purview of the modern psychiatric establishment. The term Outsider Art was imported to America in the 1970s, appealing to proponents of non-traditional American folk art in the early 1980s. During the eighties, contemporary American folk artists whose work exhibited elements of an unusually intense creative process, including Howard Finster, JB Murry, and Bessie Harvey, were presented to the public as Outsider artists. Today, the term Outsider Art is largely market-driven, and is frequently, if uncritically, used to promote and sell the work of any number of artists falling outside the mainstream art world. A more recent and more useful descriptor is “self-taught,” which describes the creative circumstance of non-mainstream artists without judgment, allowing for a more integrated consideration of their contributions to the world of art.


Feeling inspired? Try out these fine products…

From $3.25

Academy Acrylic Colors

by Grumbacher

Student price - Professional quality!

Up to 61% Off

Up to 41% Off

Up to 39% Off

Watercolor Pencils

by Prismacolor

Trusted brands for less

From $15.96

101 More Mixed Media Techniques

by Walter Foster

Explore a diverse array of mixed media art techniques.

From $10.39

Creative Haven Paint by Number

by Dover

Explore the classic paint by number concept.
Deal of the Week
(valid thru Jun 27)
 

Classic Leather Pencil Cases

by Global Art

black

Attractive and economical

  Classic Leather Pencil Cases

 
List: $14.95
 
Non-Member: $9.99
33% OFF
 
VIP Member: $7.49
50% OFF

Latest Product Reviews

This easel is so easy to set up, adjust, and break down. I'm buying a second one for my middle-schooler. It works great with boards, canvases, and both sizes of frame/tapestry loom that I use regularly.It is perfect for working outdoors on uneven ground.
- Kara in Arkansas
I definately love these, as do my children.
- Nancy in LaPorte In
These are some of the best watercolors out there. The range of colors make choices almost endless, and the quality is fantastic. Creamy and wets easily, mixes and blends well, vibrant and nonfading. Love Daniel Smith!
- Scratchmade Journal in Southeastern US

Free Download for Kids

Download free coloring book pages Download FREE
coloring book
pages to color at
home or school.

View Pages »

Please wait...
Please wait...