The image featured above, “The Kingdom,” is the work of the late self-taught Canadian artist Matthew Wong. Fashioned with oil on paper in 2017, it is one of his many seductive landscapes that was on view in his solo exhibition at Karma in the East Village back in spring, 2018 — just months before his tragic death at age 35. Several more images of landscapes, both real and imaginary — all by self-taught artists — follow:
The following untitled landscape — seen last year in his solo exhibition at Shrine on Manhattan’s Lower East Side — was painted by the late self-taught artist Sanford Darling. The former engineer began painting at age 68, and at the time of his death — five years later — he had already painted over 1,000 paintings, covering both the interior and exterior of his Santa Barbara home.
The late Miami-based, self-taught African-American artist Purvis Young, “Cityscape with Cars,” 1987, Oil on found wood — as seen last year in Vernacular Voices at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans
The late Poland-born, New York-based self-taught artist Harry Lieberman, who began painting at age 76, “Two Dreamers,” c. 1966, Oil on canvas — as seen earlier this year in American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum at The American Folk Art Museum
The late Alabama-native, African-American self-taught artist Sister Gertrude Morgan, “New Jerusalem,” c. 1970, Acrylic and tempera on cardboard — as seen earlier this year in American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum at The American Folk Art Museum
Artworks photographed by Lois Stavsky