I was fortunate to see this heavenly exhibit of folk art at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum where I saw different works by familiar folk artists and by artists whose names I'd not yet come across in my explorations of self-taught art.
I don't remember previously seeing the work of Leroy Almon, Sr (pictured here) but certainly was happy
to see a piece by Mose Tolliver...
and a group of paintings by the defies-MY-view-of-an-ordinary-visionary — THE Howard Finster...
Below are a few Howard Finsters I saw at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art July 2013...
The Reverend Finster was in a universe of his own and he chose to show us his universe through his art.
This is the same for all the self-taught artists who strive to create — despite hardship, socio-economic conditions, geographic place, emotional state.
Tiger, Baboon, and Gorilla by Felix (Felipe) Archuleta
Untitled (Coyote and Turtle)
Just like all the others — this museum visit enriched and filled me with the talent and creativity of those individuals who are our hidden treasures.