Le Havre, France. 1901-1985
Jean Dubuffet was a French painter and sculptor. His style and approach to aesthetics embraced so called "low art" and abjured traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to art. He is perhaps best known for founding the art movement Art Brut or outsider art as it is commonly known. By experimenting with conveying unconventional ideas, fantastical worlds, and the range of human emotions; one is able to explore genuine expression.
Dubuffet's art primarily features the imaginative exploitation of unpredictable materials. Many of Dubuffet's works use oil paint with impasto thickened by materials such as tar, sand, or straw giving the work a textured effect. Primitive shapes, and often limited color pallets are juxtaposed by overlapping figures, busy scenes, and a myriad of patterns to create a piece that challenges both the eye and the mind.
His work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and more.