Visionary art = awareness + spirituality

Visionary art = awareness + spirituality
Isabel del Rio

Visionary art = awareness + spirituality

The American Visionary Art Museum, located at the base of historic Federal Hill, adjacent to downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (800 Key Highway- Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 244-1900) defines Visionary art as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.” Then, Visionary artists listen to the inner voices and inner perception of the soul. This inner process differentiates Visionary art from Folk art

Visionary art. Mr Imagination mixed media bottlecap head

Visionary art. Mr Imagination mixed media bottlecap head

 Among its Visionaries we must cited:

Nek Chand, a pecu

liar artist from Asia. In Chandigarh, he began to construct his own little kingdom in a cleared patch of jungle, an ‘alive’ kingdom in his thoughts, because his figurines contained spiritual beings. Today, Nek Chand’s Rock Garden is the world’s largest visionary environment, with several thousand sculptures spanning more than 25-acres.

Paul Darmafall, “The Baltimore Glassman”. A curious personality, a genius with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. During years, he painted in the streets appreciated paintings full of positive thoughts and evils, personal messages were also included.

Mr. Imagination or Gregory Warmack, from Chicago. In 1978, a week after having a premonition that someone was going to kill him, he was shot while selling his handmade jewelry in the streets. Almost dead, he had an “out of body” experience that changed him forever. He renamed himself Mr. Imagination and began using new and different types of recycled materials in his art, most notably the bottle caps he is still best known for today.

Mary Proctor, from Florida. In 1995, after some family members were trapped and burning in their house trailer because they could’n open the metallic doors, God spoke to her, telling her to “paint onto the doors. Mary’s doors are covered with her spiritual teachings and observances of righteous behavior. He uses paint and a collage of buttons, cloth, and found objects. As the rest of the visionaries, she wanted to educate and to teach people the goodness of the universe.

Visionary art by Nek Chand

Visionary art by Nek Chand

Ray Matterson, he went to prison by robberies due to his problem with drugs. There, Ray taught himself to embroider. He stitched miniature tapestries. Most of Materson’s miniature embroideries include approximately 1,200 stitches per square inch and measure less than 2.5 x 3 inches. Awesome works! Since his release from prison in 1995, Ray Matterson has worked as a teacher, counselor, caseworker, program director, design consultant and speaker, and published his autobiography, “Sins and Needles: A Story of Spiritual Mending.” In 2003, he became the first artist to ever receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award.

The American Visionary Museum presents very many more artists (although mostly of them think they are another parallel thing because the important is not their training but their wish of communicating a spiritual experience.

Other famous organizations of Visionary art includes: the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, which Ernst Fuchs and Arik Brauer, It could be considered the European version and its work is technical and philosophical and The Society for the Art of Imagination, founded by Brigid Marlin. More recently, a new wave of visionary artists, joined in modern cooperatives are promoting on internet and via festivals such as Burning Man or Boom Festival, and exhibition/ritual spaces such as Temple of Visions, Tribe 13, Synergenesis and the Interdimensional Art Movement.

Visionary art in a Car Parade

Visionary art in a Car Parade

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