Michael Banks

Michael Banks

Michael Bank’s artwork reflects an abstract and expressionistic style using a mixture of found objects and artist materials that is further complemented by a vivid color palette of penetrating red, yellow and green Raised by his single mother in a housing project in northern Alabama, Bank’s artistic prowess for drawing and painting was evident at an early age, as he began to create artwork using whatever materials and mediums he could obtain with encour...

Mario Caciotti

Mario Caciotti

Tuscan Artist They call him, “Genius Loci,” or Local Genius and an Italian Van Gogh. Mario Caciotti has been living and working in Sesto Fiorentino, adjacent to Florence, for fifty years. He lives to paint, painting with a passion all his own, and paints to live. His style is strong of stroke, color and meaning. One gets the feeling when viewing his work that he flies through paint, the impasto is so thick and rich with emotion! Indeed, he has been pain...

Guiseppe “Beppe” Serafini

Guiseppe “Beppe” Serafini

The world of Beppe Serafini is a very distant world; it is a series of images of a rural Italian past which has vanished almost everywhere. His work is infused with timeless simplicity; the figures are painfully distorted. For Beppe Serafini, life represents the only reality, the only sure truth. He challenges society’s solidity and balance. His work assaults normalcy. Serafini pursues a relationship with forms of the past, even a distant past, which he...

Rudy Bostic

Rudy Bostic

My name is Rudy Bostic and I am a native Savannian I would like to welcome you to this Art Review. I hope everyone has a good time and enjoys himself. Growing up like most children, I believe we all had our dream world. I loved "Cowboys and Indians," which became my introduction to drawing. As a boy I began drawing them, then I would cut them out and play. I remember my mother saying how we all have a gift; I guess mine is drawing. It took to me, and I...

Vicki Stone

Vicki Stone

Vicki Stone, born in Chicago in 1949, is a folk artist whose sole inspiration is derived from motherhood, family, and a strong, deep-rooted spiritual ideology as a practicing Orthodox Jew. Stone’s artwork blends images of contemporary life with old religious stories and Hebrew teachings. She often incorporates text as a way to further relay her Judaic beliefs. Stone often stretches beyond the boundaries of the canvas to include additional materials and ...

Faces of Folk

Faces of Folk

Folk Art in Transition Della WellsBorn in 1951 and a native of Wisconsin, Della Wells is a self-taught artist who began drawing and painting at the age of 42.  She has completed over 2000 works of art in various media and is recognized as a leading African American folk artist with her work included in more than 100 collections throughout the United States.  A renaissance woman of sorts, Wells created a feminist cartoon strip in the Milwaukee Chapter of...

Art Brut

Art Brut

International Folk Art Exhibition Art Brut, a term coined by the Frenchmen Jean Dubuffet in 1945, was intended to impart the spontaneous and potent qualities of primitive expression. In effect, Dubuffet was protesting the cultural aims of post-Renaissance and Contemporary art, and wished to substitute it with the aggressive vigor of the untrained artist. The sharp distinction between folk art and fine art, so prevalent in America, does not exist w...

Existential Folk Art

Existential Folk Art

Purvis Young and Ricardo Manuel Díaz offer a darker, deeper vision of folk art. Allison HershFor the Savannah Morning NewsApril 23, 2005 Folk art typically brings to mind charming handcrafted quilts, walking sticks and furniture. However, two solo exhibits on display at the Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art provide a radically different definition of folk art. Together, "Purvis Young: Urban Painter" and "Ricardo Manuel Díaz: Reality Out of Grayness...

Larry Beaver

Larry Beaver

Inner Struggle, Outer Beauty Portraits Reflect the Artist’s Battle with Mental Illness Artist Larry Beaver is haunted by voices, faces and hallucinations. Creating art, he explains, can help to alleviate the stress of his mental illness and exorcise his personal demons. “I often am calmed by making pictures and, at other times, it upsets and depresses me because they are so limited and repetitive,” he says. “On the other hand, I am grateful to be able...

Peter Keil

Peter Keil

The work of Peter Keil, a German neo-expressionist, exhibits the primitive power of the expressionist movement as well as the techniques of folk artists the world over. The Dionysian spirit of primitive art, emitting power, strength and clarity, startles the viewer and focuses his attention on inner emotions artists are anxious to expose. Primitivism, although ostensibly portraying reality, uses distortion and intense, exaggerated color to portray psyc...

  • Michael Banks
  • Mario Caciotti
  • Guiseppe “Beppe” Serafini
  • Rudy Bostic
  • Vicki Stone
  • Faces of Folk
  • Art Brut
  • Existential Folk Art
  • Larry Beaver
  • Peter Keil