Originally used to describe art that was created by individuals coping with mental illness or living outside the boundaries of established culture, the term “outsider art” is now used more generally to encompass a great many artists who can more accurately be identified as “self-taught.” The majority of these artists do not necessarily earn their livings creating paintings or sculpture; to the contrary, they exist with limited or no connection to the art world as we define it via galleries, museums, schools, curators, dealers, critics and collectors. To put it simply, outsider art is made by individuals who are driven to create by their own particular inner compulsions.1
In this collection, Victor Keen continues to seek out the artists and artworks that interest him not only visually, but also through the stories they tell. Paramount to seeking out the paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures as objects themselves, Keen’s true passion lies in finding connections with the artists and cultivating meaningful relationships with them through his acquisitions.
1Ann Percy, Great and Mighty Things (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013), 3.