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Thread #138058   Message #3159702
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
24-May-11 - 09:30 AM
Thread Name: British Folk Art
Subject: RE: British Folk Art
PS - I remember one day in the Tate my art lecturer telling me you could teach a monkey to paint like Afred Wallis, to which I replied that unlike Wallis, no monkey would ever be moved to paint like that without being taught. Remembering that makes a sort of sense I suppose, and I still love Wallis for all sorts of reasons.

There's a church on the Norfolk coast (at Salthouse, now an art gallery!) on the stalls of which the choir boys of old engraved graffiti of sailing ships. Over all it's a palimpsest of crude maritime images, but the effect, like Wallis, is utterly beguiling. But like I say, Folk Art is invariably a matter of perception rather than intention...