February 17, 2010



Henry Darger is another all time favorite illustrator of mine. Self-taught and considered to be one of the most important outsider artists to date, his figurative imagery captures the wild imagination of a young child. By copiously copying print advertisements, he developed his characters and placed them in imaginary landscapes that are both bizarre and fantastical. I can't seem to decide which is more fascinating - his artwork or his life story?

His documentary - Realms of the Unreal, is as beaituful as it is haunting.

1 comment:

  1. Darger's work always scared me in some strange way..mostly because he created such pseudo-sexual images while being extremely innocent and naive in his understandings. If you're ever in Baltimore, Md the Visionary Art Museum has a decent collection of his works.