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Mia Christopher & Contemporary Primitive Art

Monday, August 2, 2010 · 2 Comments

Funny-looking but lovable figures, beautiful patterns and colors, acrobatic cats and dogs, and gravity-defying, Justin Richel-like compositions… If you’re at all into contemporary folk art, Mia Christopher‘s work is pretty much a home run.


Personally I have a big soft spot for primitive, self-taught art even when the artist isn’t actually self-taught (as is the case with Christopher who studied at four different art schools). This new generation of contemporary folk artists has taken major stylistic cues from early American folk artists who were almost always truly self-taught (see painting below by unidentified artist c. 1840). Even when it’s merely an adopted style, primitive art exudes an innocence and humbleness that makes it a fun and accessible genre of contemporary art.



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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Esti // Aug 3, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I love Mia’s work and secretly envy her because she has managed to stay true to her child style throughout the time. I believe this will make her remain young at heart forever.

  • 2 admin // Aug 3, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I completely agree! Some artists lose that original vision and she’s clearly kept hers in tact.

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