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Collected by Picasso, André Breton, and Jean Dubuffet, Scottie Wilson is a major artist of the 20th century. His works, born from a multiplication of finely applied lines, fascinated his contemporaries, who were eager to exhibit, sell, or even publish them at all costs.

Scottie Louis Freeman Wilson - © christian berst — art brut
Name Scottie Louis Freeman Wilson
Date 1888 — 1972
Country Great Britain

Born in Glasgow in 1888, Scottie was part of a family of five children. At a young age, he had an affection for trees and animals (especially birds) and frequently visited the zoo and circus. Illiterate, at the age of 10, he sold newspapers, and at 16, he enlisted in the army, serving in India and South Africa. Upon returning to London, he lived by working in a kind of mobile shop before immigrating to Canada in 1928, where he opened a resale shop. At the age of 40, Scottie Wilson started collecting fountain pens; it was with one of them, nicknamed “Bulldog,” that one day, in a moment of boredom, he made his first drawing.

From then on, his creative activity continued to grow. The initially unsettling and dark early drawings gradually gave way to a joyful, colorful, and serene universe: “The most intriguing and fascinating,” in the words of Dubuffet himself. His creations depicted specters, trees, totems, castles, fountains, and animals. However, all this flora and fauna, “too beautiful for the earth” according to Scottie, only appeared to the artist once the drawing was finished: “When he wants to make a drawing, he doesn’t start in the middle of the sheet, but in a corner, and he doesn’t know what will happen until, little by little, as he looks, he realizes that he has finally filled the entire surface of the sheet.” (Mr. Andrew De Maine).

Upon returning to London after World War II, his drawings were displayed in exhibitions he organized himself in unusual venues. When galleries managed to exhibit his works, Scottie simultaneously sold his drawings in the streets at a ridiculously low price, much to the dismay of art dealers.

Today, Scottie Wilson’s artwork is exhibited in numerous museums around the world, notably at LaM (France), Faculdade de Bellas Artes da Universidade de Porto (Portugal), The Whitworth (England), and Kunsthal (Netherlands).

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Beyond on the edge of the visible and the invisible
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *the beyond : on the edge of the visible and the invisible*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Philippe Baudouin
Foreword : Christian Berst.
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Beyond : on the edge of the visible and the invisible, from March 6th to April 13th, 2019.

celestial epics
art brut in the Decharme collection, Villa Médicis. From March 1 to May 19, 2024.
Culturas Paralelas:
works from the treger saint silvestre collection, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Portugal. From February 17 to April 22, 2023.
Other Transmissions
conversations with outsider art, The Whitworth, Manchester, UK. From February 14 to June 14, 2020.
Travel memories
Antoine de Galbert collection, musée de Grenoble. From April 27 to July 28, 2019.
Floral Fantasies
Between Symbolism and Outsider Art, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum. From March 31 to August 4, 2019.
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on the edge of the visible and the invisible, at the gallery. From March 7 to April 13, 2019.
danser brut
lam, (musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut lille métropole). From September 28, 2018 to January 6, 2019.
drawing now 2018
Carreau du Temple. From March 22 to 25, 2018.
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
The Golden Ratio Laws
Oliva Creative Factory, Portugal. From April 29 to September 30, 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies, Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal. From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
On The Wire
by Jean-Hubert Martin, at the gallery. From April 9 to May 22, 2016.
The Museum Of Everything
Kunsthal, Rotterdam. From March 5 to May 22, 2016.
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. From November 13, 2015 to April 17, 2016.
Elevations, Bruno Decharme & Antoine de Galbert Collections
Hommage à Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, Château de Hauterives . From April 30 to 27, 2015.
art brut masterpieces and discoveries
carte blanche à bruno decharme, at the gallery. From October 21 to November 29, 2014.
The Wall
Antoine de Galbert Collection , la Maison rouge, Paris. From June 14 to September 21, 2014.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
Amicalement brut
Collection Eternod & Mermod, Musée d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut, Lille. From April 9 to August 28, 2011.
glossolalia: languages of drawing
MoMA, New York. From March 26, 2008 to July 7, 2007.
Inner Worlds Outside
Fundacion La Caixa, Madrid ; Whitechapel gallery, London ; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. From January 18 to December 30, 2006.
exhibition view of *the beyond : on the edge of the visible and the invisible*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: elena groud, christian berst — art brut
christian berst art brut booth *drawing now art fair*, le carreau du temple, paris, from march 22nd to 25th, 2018. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *the electric eye*, curators: antonia gaeta and pilar soler, la casa encendida, madrid, spain, 2019. - © la casa encendida, christian berst — art brut
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
collection de l’Art brut
Antoine Frérot collection
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
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Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Antoine de Galbert collection
Piet Meyer collection
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
Arnulf Rainer collection
Charlotte Zander Museum
The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Anthony Petullo Collection
United States
Dammann collection
Scottie Louis Freeman Wilson

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