Outsider art is work created by artists with no formal training in the arts. Harold Turpin is a great example of 'folk' or outsider art. Harold's canes are hand carved individual pieces, each with it's own personality. He also carves santa's, cigar store Indians and other works. At 85, Harold continues to create pieces and enjoy his work.
There are many types of folk art. Grandma Moses, folk painter, is one of the icons of 'Outsider Art' in the U.S. When you drive down the road and see a mailbox that has been given a 'facelift' with decoration and perhaps ironwork, that is also folk art.
We are proud to represent Harold at Tallgrass Studio and show his utilitarian canes as part of our collection of folk and outsider art pices.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery