Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Outsider Artist, Maurice Hansen, Jr.

Maurice Hansen was a brilliant artist and friend, living valiantly with schizophrenia. He produced hundreds of painting, drawings, and books, and died way too soon. This painting was created after Maurice read about a homeless man who froze to death on the streets on NY, partly because someone thoughtlessly threw water out a window and soaked him on a frigid December night. The painting is entitled "Death of Lazarus" and has a folk aesthetic in pastel shades, despite the tragic meaning. Hansen's paintings are in major collections in the US and after his discovery, by gallerist Chris Butler, he celebrated his first one man show at the Aetna Galleries in Hartford, CT. Oil on canvas, 36' x 48" $1600.

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