I was seven years old when my mum introduced me to Outsider Art, when she took us to visit Maison Picassiette (France). Of course, I had no idea back then that this house covered in broken plates was Outsider Art. I just enjoyed it for what it was, a kaleidoscope of colours, hidden messages and drawings.
And that's one of the many reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed the Outsider Art from Japan exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. Aside from the fact that the art on display is a brilliant mishmash of beautiful, odd, surprising, haunted and funny pieces, it doesn't reveal much about the artists behind until the end. So while you are going around the exhibition, you are free to enjoy the art for what it is, with no preconceptions, just like a child does.The pieces I loved the most were the ones that were made with painstaking craftmanship such as the wonderful paper sculptures by Keisuke Ishino and the army of super heroes made entirely of twist ties from Shota Katsube. There are 300 works of art on display, so plenty to enjoy and be inspired by. Definitely one not to miss for small and big kids alike.
Exhibition runs until Sunday 30 June 2013. Wellcome Collection. Nearest station: Euston.