Outsider art is often used to categorize artists, working in ways that contradict the mainstream, disconnected and sometimes unaware of the so-called high art world. But for artists like John van Orsouw, “outsider” means something entirely different—Art Brut. The French translation means raw art—uncooked and unadulterated by culture. Raw because it’s creation embodies its most direct and uninhibited form. Not only is the art unique and original, but the artists themselves exist outside the social parameters—just like John van Orsouw.

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