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The term “Outsider Art” was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut, or "raw art", to describe art created outside the boundaries of the “official and established art culture” and “art scene” using mostly self taught and “non-academic” approaches. Some have described it as what punk rock was to mainstream rock.

Outsider Art’s description began even earlier though, in the 1940’s, by French artist Jean Dubuffet who first defined as “rough art” and characterized this fringe scene as “those works created from solitude and pure and authentic creative impulses, made without worries of competition, acclaim and social promotion and, because of these very facts, are more precious and heartfelt than the productions of professionals.”

Over the last half century Outsider art has emerged as one of the leading and most respected art categories throughout the world and the “raw” and “rough” descriptions have given way to what critics now describe as some of the most beautiful pieces of high art ever created.

Paris and New York City have both hosted annual Outsider Art Fairs since 1992.

Functional Art

In its simplest terms, Functional Art is art that is fused together with everyday objects such as a coffee table, lamp, chair or other items that serve utilitarian purposes.

All of the outisder/functional art objects on this page are re-worked/re-purposed vintage chairs, dressers, jewelry boxes, tables, trunks, mirrors, etc., which are carefully prepped and re-worked in my studio.

They are created using materials that include Bamini super-gloss high reflective metal paint, Chinese sand crystals, smoothed and tinted glass flakes, and heat durable unbreakable South American tree glue. Multiple coats of these high quality materials are used to ensure a magical quality.

I have made over 100 pieces of Outsider/Functional Art and will add photos as time allows. Thanks for taking a look.

 

Jim Riffel Outsider Art Dolls

Jim Riffel Outsider Art Dolls

Jim Riffel Outsider Art Dolls

Jim Riffel Outsider Art Dolls

Jim Riffel Outsider Art Dolls
 

Jim Riffel Outsider Art Dresser

Jim Riffel Outsider Art Dresser

Jim Riffel Outsider Art Dresser