This online exhibition offers the viewer a chance to discover the inner voice of eight self-taught artists from around the world - from loud splashes of colour, to hummed repetitive strokes, to hushed delicate marks. As many of these artists have varying verbal abilities, their choice of marks and the process behind each and every detail made conveys a meaning, telling us a story. Their art highlights their differences in language and delivery, but essentially they all communicate hidden and unheard stories or ideas. This might see us studying the back to front symbols and repeated lettering covering bold shapes of colour seen in Robert Fischer’s drawings; the calming overlaid rhythmic swirls showing focused repetition and movement from Nnena Kalu or the colourful abstract floral imagery and treescapes blanketing John Maull’s drawings. The actual process of making itself and the layering of marks is integral and plays a central role in each artist’s composition. Their shared common aesthetic is their use of vivid colours and their non-conformist attitudes. Each artist becomes absorbed in the creative act, creating for their own needs: the fact we get to see their treasures is a real treat.
The eight artists are: John Black from Garvald in Edinburgh, Éric Derochette from La ‘S’ Grand Atelier in Belgium, Robert Fischer from Geyso20 in Germany, Sher’ron Freeman from Creative Growth in California, Joe Goldman from Project Art Works in Hastings, Nnena Kalu from ActionSpace in London, Judy Lopez from the ECF Art Centers in Los Angeles and John Maull from Tierra del Sol Studios in Los Angeles.