Folk Art is an old fashion means of describing art work by artists that are largely self taught or without formal training. The field has included terms such as Naïve, untrained, Folk Traditions (quilts), Outsider Art, Art Brut (art by institutionalized people) and a myriad of other concepts but in general, we enjoy the fact that many self taught artists throughout history have been have produced highly sophisticated, individual expression that we enjoy.
Collecting American Folk Art began formally on the East Coast in the 1920s, with a few collectors and dealers in Boston and New York that focused on the early “limners” (naïve or untrained portrait painters). The first Museum shows date from the early 1930s and was held at the Newark Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney. We choose to include all possibilities falling under this broad rubric and to trust our eyes.
We generally seek whimsical images that catch our attention with color, humor, surface, tradition, irony, story telling or a didactic component.
We have had a long-term interest in traditional American folk arts and self-trained artists. We might have works of any stripe on hand including quilts, paintings, animal carvings or mystery pieces made from wire or other repurposed materials.