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Through form, content, and style, we continue to find parallels between the artwork of Project Onward artists and that of various Outsider artists, past and present.
What are the environmental, societal, and economic factors that establish an artist as having the distinction of “Outsider" artist? How does this relate to the artists of Project Onward, who work both in a community of unique artists and at home, sometimes with family or friends around them and sometimes in isolation?
Inspired by the work of various artists in this genre, Project Onward looks to question (if not always answer) and challenge what the next step in this genre of art will be moving forward. We mean to open a visual dialogue with the viewer in hopes that more questions and curiosity about these forms of art emerge.
Jackie Cousins Oliva / Henry Darger
Both artists have a repetitive nature in figure. There is also the connection in theme. In the first image they are imprisoned by a corrupt force. In the second the figure ares taking back their power.
Louis DeMarco + Luke Shemroske collaboration / Daniel Johnston
There is a connection between these artists with their need to overcome internal strife, and the willingness to change the bad things into good, with the help of text and music.
Ricky Willis / Wesley Willis
Brothers who take a similar outlook on the skyline with use of line and perspective. Both inspired by the love of architecture and the overwhelming might of these structures.
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Project Onward believes we can inspire change by using art to promote empathy and reduce the stigma of mental illness and developmental disabilities. We seek to improve the self-image of artists by emphasizing the social and economic value of their work.
You can directly contribute to this belief and help improve the lives of each Project Onward artist by purchasing their work. Our online shop is open 24/7, and half of the sale for each original piece goes directly to the artist.