Autistic art

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Autistic art is art created by autistic artists or art which captures or conveys a variety of autistic experiences or demeanor.

Autistic art[edit]

Art by autistic artists has long been shown in separate venues from artists without disabilities.[1] and the art of those with autism has often been considered part of Outsider Art[1] The works of some autistic artists have featured in art publications, documentaries and been exhibited in mainstream galleries.

Stephen Wiltshire is one of the most famous autistic artists. His works are largely architectural or of cityscapes, monuments and buildings. Other autistic artists producing representational art include Richard Wawro, Jessy Park[2] and Ping Lian Yeak.[3][4]

Figurative art[edit]

Dutch artist Roy Wenzel (born 1959) was diagnosed at age 11. His art is that of excess, with highly assertive and gestural images.[5]

Christophe Pillault[6] and Donna Williams focus on figurative works with an emphasis on movement. Both artists feature in the award-winning book ARTism[7] by Bernice Pelletier and Karen Simmons and published by Autism Today.[8] Christophe Pillault paints with his hands. His works were featured in the book Art of the Mind published by the M.I.N.D Institute.[9]

Mark Rimland is a self-taught American whose drawings and paintings are often figurative and feature people and cats. The son of autism pioneer Bernard Rimland, Mark was featured in the documentary Lifting The Fog; A Look Into The Mysteries of Autism, in ARTism[7] and illustrated the book The Secret Night World Of Cats,[10] published by Smith and Kraus.[10]

Donna Williams is an autistic sculptor and figurative artist.

Abstract art[edit]

Larry Bissonnette[11] and Henriett Seth F.[12] make abstract, highly patterned works. Roibeard Catnip Tull, Sarah Daisey Van Diesel, Karen Johnson, Silke Heyer, and Kristina Teskey also make abstract works.

Imaginary worlds[edit]

Gilles Trehin and George Widener[13] do detailed imaginary worlds. Gilles is a self-taught French artist who works in pencil, largely architectural. He represents an imaginary world called Urville through his sketches.[14] He was featured in the BBC4 documentary Art Savant: The City Inside My Head.[15]

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  1. ^ a b AutismConnect - Museums thrust autistic artists into the mainstream
  2. ^ Rutherford, Megan (2001-04-08). "Portrait of the Autist". Time. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  3. ^ Ping Lian Yeak - A Remarkable Artist | Wisconsin Medical Society
  4. ^ Johan Fernandez. "Ping Lian, 12, is autistic and a hit in New York". Global Malaysians. 
  5. ^ Cardinal R (2009). "Outsider Art and the autistic creator". Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364 (1522): 1459–66. doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.0325. PMC 2677583. PMID 19528031. 
  6. ^ Christophe Pillault - A Remarkable Artist | Wisconsin Medical Society
  7. ^ a b Artism
  8. ^ Barnes & - Books: Artism, by Bernice Pelletier, Paperback
  9. ^ "M.I.N.D. Institute Shares Expressive Art Collection Through New Book". Newswise (Press release). University of California, Davis, Health System. 22 December 2003. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  10. ^ a b The Secret Night World of Cats: Books: Helen Landalf,Mark Rimland
  11. ^ Smith, Roberta (1999-01-22). "ART REVIEW; Redefining a Style As It Catches On". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  12. ^ Henriett Seth F. - Rain Girl | Wisconsin Medical Society
  13. ^ George Widener - A Multiply Gifted Savant | Wisconsin Medical Society
  14. ^ Wisconsin Medical Society
  15. ^ "Art Savant: The City Inside my Head". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
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  18. ^ Treffert, Darold. "James Henry Pullen - Genius of Earlswood Asylum". Wisconsin Medical Society. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
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  20. ^ Quart, Alissa. "A Beautiful Mind". Marie Claire. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 

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