OUTSIDER ARTISTS: BRIDGING COMMUNITIES
Guest Curator John Jerit
30 May - 1 July
OPENING: Saturday 3 June, 5-8pm
This June David Lusk Gallery Nashville presents
Outsider Artists: Bridging Communities, artworks
by self-taught artists. The exhibition is guest-curated
by John Jerit, a renowned collector of
works by self-taught artists. The exhibition is a
survey of the genre, with a wide mix of imagery
and materials. Outsider Artists: Bridging Communities
presents a comprehensive view into
this important subset of contemporary American
The exhibition of works by artists commonly classified “Self-taught,” “Folk” or “Outsider” artists
includes works by Mose Tolliver (1918-2006), Jimmy Lee Sudduth (1910-2007), Howard Finster
(1916-2001), Purvis Young (1943-2010) and others. Rather than conveying individuality, Outsider
artists typically depict a larger cultural identity associated with the shared values of a specific community.
Commonly they use whatever materials are at hand in a manner that is often obsessive or
compulsive. Often Outsider artists have very little formal education, especially not in art history or
Each artist in Outsider Artists: Bridging Communities offers a unique representation of their specific
background and culture.
Mose Tolliver, known as “Mose T,” was born into a large family of sharecroppers. When his legs
were crushed in a forklift accident in the 1960’s Tolliver began painting. His piece Untitled Yellow
Bird is emblematic of his whimsical style, and materials: house paint and plywood used to portray
animals and figures, drawn from his life in a farming community.
Jimmy Lee Sudduth, an early master of self-taught art is known for creating work deeply rooted in
the African American culture of the rural South. He created his own pigments using mud, plants,
sugar to depict figures and animals on board.
Howard Finster, a Baptist preacher, used what he believed to be divine visions from God as inspiration
for his work. Finster’s work is easily recognized for his bizarre images of celebrities, angels
and aliens that were surrounded with Bible verses and prophesies.
Work by the artists in Outsider Artists:
Bridging Communities has been exhibited
in major museums across the country
including the New Orleans Museum
of Fine Art, The Smithsonian American
Art Museum, the Philadelphia College of
Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta,
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the
Museum of American Folk Art to name a
This is the third exhibition at DLG-Nashville with a guest curator. Jerit began collecting as
a teenager by amassing old advertising signs that caught his interest. From there his focus
moved to tin toys, Art Deco and craft furnishings, to the paintings of Hungarian artist Ladis W.
Sabo (1870-1998), then fully into Outsider art in earnest in the mid-1990s. He says, “Buy
what you love! Love what you buy!”, With that mantra Jerit has amassed a vast and historically
extensive personal collection of Outsider art that sheds light on the vibrant visions of untrained
David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan Street in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-5. For more information or visuals please
contact Amelia Briggs at 615.780.9990 or firstname.lastname@example.org