This website is dedicated to the works of Damian Le Bas and represents the foundations of Art Brut and Outsider Art.
I represent a vast collection of Damian’s art (drawings, painting, maps) from the 90s to the present.
Private viewings are available at the Art Brut Gallery in Hastings, UK, by appointment.
– Andrea Trapani
Curator / Art Rep
[ instagram ] @art_brut_gallery
About Art Brut
Jean Dubuffet’s original term for the works that he collected and revered; later adopted by the Collection de l’Art Brut at Lausanne. Art Brut means ‘Raw Art’. Raw because it is ‘uncooked’ or ‘unadulterated’ by culture. Raw because it is creation in its most direct and uninhibited form. Not only were the works unique and original but their creators were seen to exist outside established culture and society. The purest of Art Brut creators would not consider themselves artists, nor would they even feel that they were producing art at all. Art Brut is visual creation at its purest – a spontaneous psychic flow from brain to surface.
About Outsider Art
The term ‘Outsider Art’ was introduced as the title of Roger Cardinal’s book in 1972 and was originally intended to act as an exact English equivalent to Dubuffet’s term, although from the outset it encompassed not only Art Brut but also works in the Neuve Invention category. Over the years it has been used increasingly loosely and can often now refer to any artist who is untrained or with disabilities or suffering social exclusion, whatever the nature of their work.
Definitions from rawvision.com