Friday, August 27, 2010

They were artists once, and young

Awhile back I bought a slender book of art and ruminations from handicapped children that was put out by the Easter Seals people. The publication date of the book was 1977 so most of the kids who did these art pieces are now grown up or passed away, some of them had serious incurable illnesses. Their art leapt off the pages of that slender book and into my heart and mind. Here's some of my favorites from the book which was entitled An Exceptional View of Life:

I love the pattern and repetition in this one.

The fact that a handicapped child made this one just blows my mind. It's one of the most mature pieces of art I have ever seen.

Life on chicken island wasn't easy but somehow the chicken made due.

This one reminds me of Diego Rivera by way of Edward Munch.
I love the scale and composition of this one. And the fall colors as well.

9 comments:

Mnmom said...

Those are beautiful! Glad you shared

SkylersDad said...

Those are wonderful, thanks for this!

Gilligan said...

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing these.

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Megan said...

Wow I like all of them but I REALLY like that tree in that last one.

Margaret Benbow said...

You're right--they're extraordinary, and so moving.

Blueberry said...

I would hang any one of those on the wall. The chicken is my favorite.

Elizabeth said...

So incredibly touching. As the mother of a special-needs kid, I believe there are so many untapped depths in these kids and these beautiful pictures show that.

mr. tomas ubik said...

what was the name of this book? where did you find it?