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RALPH WILLARD Gallery

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J.R. ALCAZAR

Born in Durango, Mexico, J.R. Alcazar attended elementary school in Los Angeles. The murals of the big city impressed him and sparked his interest in Hispanic art.

As a child he enjoyed drawing with pencil colors and used China ink as well. His mind started to get acquainted with his imagination and creativity, and soon he developed an interest in expressing his fantasies and visions on paper.

His progressive hometown kept him current with the events that were happening in the world of Art. He knew the names of the Masters of Art and their work.

In 1977 Alcazar moved to Dallas and worked in a company processing photo art before getting a job as a Social worker. Thus began his journey as a self-taught artist.

Alcazar paints with oil and enamel on canvas, and draws with ink, colored pencils, and watercolors. Sculpture forms part of his artistic ability as well.

 

The subject matter of his work is always evolving and expanding as his artistic career progresses.

He considers the possibility and awareness that his work fits under the blanket of being Avant-Garde, i.e., art that is innovative, introducing or exploring new forms or subject matter in the sense of its originality and informality.

Alcazar allows parts of the technique and the flow of the CreativeEnergy to be present at the moments during the elaboration of his paintings.

“When I paint, the Universe disappears” - J.R. Alcazar

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outsider art

The term "outsider art" was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut, "raw art" or "rough art", a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture. Dubuffet focused particularly on art by those on the outside of the established art scene, such as psychiatric hospital patients and children.

While Dubuffet's term is quite specific, the English term "outsider art" is often applied more broadly, to include certain self-taught or native art makers who were never institutionalized.

Typically, those labeled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. In many cases, their work is discovered only after their deaths.

Often, outsider art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds.

Outsider art has emerged as a successful art marketing category; an annual Outsider Art Fair has taken place in New York since 1993, and there are at least two regularly published journals dedicated to the subject.

The term is sometimes misapplied as a catch-all marketing label for art created by people who are outside the mainstream "art world" or "art gallery system", regardless of their circumstances or the content of their work.

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