Hello! Today I am sharing the work of Joseph Yoakum. Joseph Yoakum (1888-1972) was a self-taught landscape artist who created his drawings from memories of his travels. He traveled extensively due to his employment with a circus, and then with the army during World War I. Yoakum eventually settled in Chicago where he worked various jobs until he began to make art in his 70s. He created over 2,000 artworks within the last ten years of his life!Read more…
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Artwork: Untitled, 1950s by Madge Gill. Ink on card, 25 x 20 in. ©Christie’s.
✨ I don’t know about you, but I could use a big dose of glitter right now. Here we have an incredible mixed media assemblage by artist Simon Sparrow. If you haven’t heard of him before, please head to the blog to read about his work. Link in profile.
Hello! We’re taking a break from posting on the blog this week. In the meantime, check out this amazing project: @sketchnthecity by sketch artist, Carl Lavia, and photographer, Lorna Le Bredonchel.
Hello! There’s a new blog post up. This week’s art history spotlight: Joseph Yoakum. Yoakum was a self-taught landscape artist. His work falls under the category of outsider art. (I prefer to not use that term but it helps provide context at times.) He started making art in his early 70s, and within ten years, he made over 2,000 artworks! Link in profile or www.theuncommoncanvas.com.
Hello! There’s a new artist interview up today on the blog. Artist Tim Novara shares his work and insight with us. Link in profile! Have a great weekend.
Evelyne Postic, “Back in Space (Cape Canaveral),” 2020.
Artist Talk 1/28! There are so many things I love about this! Embroidery, The Supremes, and an online artist talk (details below) with some incredible people! Zina Hall is an artist who has been part of Creative Growth @creativegrowth since 2006. Creative Growth is a studio supporting the work of artists with disabilities.
Hello! There is a new post up on the blog today about mosaic artist and wood carver David Philpot. David created intricately carved staffs which he decorated with discarded jewelry, shells, and other repurposed items. He is one of the wisest and kindest human beings I have ever met. Learn more about this incredible artist and see more of his work at www.theuncommoncanvas.com - including a short film about him. Link in profile!
Featured Follower: Jordan Merlino @jmerlino_cutpaper. Jordan is a paper-cut artist who creates posters for suicide prevention and brings awareness to mental health issues through their art. They are currently studying to be a crisis counselor. Connect with Jordan here: @jmerlino_cutpaper or through their website: jmerlino.com (link in their profile). Using art as a healing practice for ourselves and others is powerful. Thanks for all that you are doing, Jordan! Thanks to all of the artists out there making this world a better place. 💙
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