Outside Forces

September 14 - October 31, 2020

The term 'Outsider Art' may call to mind a number of concepts, many that have been historically debated. Defined in the strictest sense, it may include only artists who work in extreme isolation, have little to no contact with other artists and art institutions, and who may not even have a concept of their own work as art. Today, with outsider art gaining popularity and recognition, and under the ever-present influence of the internet, the term is often (sometimes controversially) used more broadly: focusing on self-taught artists without requiring its creators to be completely unaware of art at large.

While an exact definition of Outsider Art can be difficult to pin down, one often feels they know it when they see it: inventive work of extreme individuality motivated by the artist’s own personal concepts and desires, rather than the expectations of the mainstream art world. Art Enables embraces these more expansive parameters in “Outside Forces,” presenting work by artists who may not have had many opportunities to exhibit. Featured artists include individuals who are emerging and self-taught, are from traditionally underrepresented communities, and those with disabilities. All have paved their own way in the formation of their work, representing personal experiences and interests in individual styles developed outside the conventions of mainstream art education and culture.

This annual exhibition began in 2006 as a way for DC-area groups working with self-taught artists to exhibit together. Over the last 14 years, the exhibition’s success has seen it grow to feature artists from across the nation alongside our own resident artists. This year's exhibition - taking place solely online due to COVID-19 safety concerns - features 139 artworks by 112 artists, including artists from Art Enables and 12 additional studios/galleries, as well as 22 independent artists.

All Art Enables artwork can be purchased directly through our website. To purchase work by other artists, please contact the artist or studio directly. Please see the full index at the bottom of this page for more information about each artist and studio.


 

Mark Moitoza
Monster Mash, 2020
acrylic on canvas
14 x 11 in.
$100
Studio 57

 

Danny Frownfelter
Pop Art, 2020
acrylic on canvas
28 x 22 in.
$425
Arts of Life

Walter Mika
Untitled, 2013
pastel on paper
38 x 23 in.
$4,000
Pure Vision Arts

John King
Witch Doctor, 2011
acrylic and paint marker on paper
17 x 14 in.
$75
Little City

Robert Fischer
Untitled (16)
Mixed media on paper
19.7 x 27.6 in.
£725
Jennifer Lauren Gallery

Ingrid Jansson
Untitled 2, 2017
marker and colored pencil on paper
18 x 24 in.
$40
Little City

Nadine Baldwin
Untitled, 2019
mixed media
27 x 19 in.
$175
Make Studio

Ingrid Jansson
Untitled 31, 2019
marker on paper
14 x 17 in.
$35
Little City

Harold Jeffries
The Question of the Heavens
acrylic, graphite, and colored pencil on paper
14 x 17 in.
$80
Little City

Robert Corcoran
Colored Shapes, 2020
watercolor crayon and colored pencil on paper
12 x 18 in.
$55
Art Enables

C.M.
Cityscape, 2020
Marker on Posterboard
22 x 28 in.
Not for sale
St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Maurice McCrimmon
Frenemies, 2019
mixed media on paper
28 x 22 in.
$600

Harold Jeffries
Untitled 86
acrylic, ink, and paint marker on board
14 x 17 in.
$80
Little City

Bard Ionson
Close Our Eyes, 2020 
animated gif digital file with non-fungible token / cryptoart
534 x 400 px
Price on request

Jay Bird
Talking, Maybe, 2020
mixed media
9 x 12 in.
$45
Art Enables

Maria-Victoria Checa
Whispers in the Wind, 2019
acrylicon canvas
48 x 36 in.
$900

Deontray Neal
Layers of Me, 2019
mixed media
18 x 24 in.
$275
Arundel Lodge

Maurice McCrimmon
Cake Boss, 2019
mixed media on canvas
42 x 36 in.
$600

Michael Schaff
Napoleon Bonaparte Coronation, 2019
art stix on paper
18 x 24 in.
$70
Art Enables

Shaun McDonald
Robot, 2020
wire and mixed media
25 x 15 x 8 in.
$100
VisAbility Art Lab

Leila Drici
Funkytown, 2019
paint on wooden stool
12.5 x 28 in.
$100

Noah Mann-Engel
Man in Hat, 2020
ink on paper
12 x 9 in.
$35

Egbert "Clem" Evans
Little Small Town, 2019
watercolor and marker on paper
16 x 12 in.
$55
Art Enables

Keith Lewis
Sketch Painting, 2020
acrylic and marker on canvas board
22 x 28 in.
Sold
Art Enables

Bess Lumsden
From Water, 2018
mixed media
18.4 x 22 in.
$115
Make Studio

Raymond Lewis
Captains and Their Ships, 2019
mixed media on paper
11 x 15 in.
$70
Art Enables

Bob Shaw
The Family, 2012
acrylic and paint marker on paper
18 x 24 in.
$80
Little City

Setara Ahmed
Bonding with nature in next world 2, 2020
acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 in.
$600

Setara Ahmed
Bonding with nature in next world 1, 2020
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 in.
$500

Larry Pearsall
Untitled (In the closet), 2020
acrylic on canvas
15 x 15 in.
$600
ECF Art Centers
Larry Pearsall
He's in Double Love, 2018
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.
$600
ECF Art Centers

C.M.
Couple, 2019
acrylic on canvas
12 x 16 in.
Not for sale
St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Margaret Mousseau
What did we find? A new home!, 2017
colored pencil on paper
11 x 14 in.
£900
Jennifer Lauren Gallery

Michael Haynes
Sesame Street Characters, 2019
art stix and graphite on paper
9 x 18 in.
$60
Art Enables

Jerry Williams
Out of This World Clown Alley, 2018
mixed media
18 x 12 in.
$130
Make Studio

Tony Perez
Stars About George, 2019
oil pastel on paper
14 x 17 in.
price on request
Arts of Life

Payman Jazini
Harmony, 2018
mixed media on paper
18 x 12 in.
$60
Art Enables

Kelly Stone
Hand or Something, 2019
marker on paper
19 x 24 in.
Price on request
Arts of Life

Helen Lewis
Roses are Red (FRAMED), 2019
watercolor and marker on paper
12 x 9 in.
$150
Art Enables

Calvin "Sonny" Clarke
Peacock Under the Moon, 2019
watercolor and marker on paper
18 x 24 in.
$75
Art Enables

Toni Lane
World Within Me, 2020
ink on paper
14 x 11 in.
Sold
Art Enables

Benjy Ferree
Orson Welles, 2020
Ink on paper plate
9 x 9 in.
Not for sale

Leah Loebner
Purple Prize, 2020
acrylic on canvas
9 x 12 in.
$85
Arundel Lodge

Summer Blake
Sense Spectrum, 2015
pen on watercolor paper with black glitter backing
7 x 7 in.
$135

Roy Gabbay
The Greyside of the Moonvine, 2020
mixed media on board
18 x 24 in.
$1,500
Pure Vision Arts

Leila Drici
Unconditional Love, 2020
up-cycled found wood trivet, paint, gloss finish
12.5 in. diameter x 1.6 in.
$115

Jamila Rahimi
Watercolor Flowers, 2019
watercolor and marker on paper
9 x 12 in.
$50
Art Enables

Christianne Msall
Give Us Peace Forever Together in Our Hearts, 2019
graphite and colored pencil on paper
24 x 19 in.
price on request
Arts of Life

Becky Kubica
Doctor Young, 2020
marker on paper
11 x 14 in.
$350
Arts of Life

Milton Davis
Untitled (Shirtless), 2018
ink and watercolor on paper
14 x 16 in.
$800
ECF Art Centers

Stacie Hanson
Untitled, 2020
ink on paper
14 x 11 in.
$50
VisAbility Art Lab

Sarah Davie
The Vision of LGBTQ, 2020
ink on paper
12 x 9 in.
$85
VisAbility Art Lab

Charmaine Jones
Pokemon Town, 2017
acrylic on canvas board
16 x 20 in.
$65
Art Enables

Justin Andrews
Metamorphosis, 2020
digital pixel art
8.5 x 8.5 in.
price on request
VisAbility Art Lab

Dennis Quillin
Orange Goblin, 2018
colored pencil on paper
19 x 24 in.
$70
Art Enables

Sarah Davie
Triggered, 2020
ink on paper
10 x 10 in.
$75
VisAbility Art Lab

Bess Lumsden
The Crow and Me, 2019
mixed media
22 x 17 in.
$130
Make Studio

Jimmy Tucker
Chaos, 2020
colored pencil and marker on paper
24 x 18 in.
Not for sale

Jimmy Tucker
Environmental Madness, 2020
colored pencil and marker on paper
24 x 18 in.
Not for sale

Hector Jones
Very Bright, 2020
pencil and marker on paper
24 x 18 in.
$525
Arts of Life

Erik Holden
It Takes a Village, 2019
acrylic and oil paint
36 x 48 in.
$3,000

Erik Holden
The Worship of False Prophets, 2019
acrylic and oil paint
48 x 36 in.
$3,000

Gemma Frost
Happy, 2020
colored pencil on paper
16 x 14 in.
$120
Make Studio

Stephen Mulhauser
Girl Playing Guitar, 2019
mixed media on canvas
16 x 12 in.
$250
Pure Vision Arts

Imani Turner
Boxer (FRAMED), 2019
watercolor and marker on paper
15 x 11 in.
$150
Art Enables

Paul Lewis
Frida Kahlo, 2017
marker and oil pastel on paper
17 x 14 in.
$60
Art Enables

Edward Chance Jr.
Susan Sarandon, 2018
colored pencils and graphite
14 x 11 in.
$75
VisAbility Art Lab

Milton Davis
Untitled (Butterflies), 2016
ink and watercolor on paper
14 x 11 in.
$600
ECF Art Centers

Edward Chance Jr.
Simone Biles, 2018
colored pencils and ink
14 x 11 in.
$90
VisAbility Art Lab

Leah Lowery
Taurus Rising, 2020
acrylic, oil and charcoal on canvas
36 x 24 in.
$400

Maiya Lonesome
Black: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 2020
mixed media
24 x 18 in.
$500

Simone Johnson
Bodega Cat on ATM, 2019
Prismacolor pencil on paper
24 x 18 in.
$2,500
Pure Vision Arts

Chris Schallhorn
Pointing the Way (FRAMED), 2017
acrylic on canvas board
20 x 16 in.
$165
Art Enables

Susan Brown
Her Mother, 2018
mixed media on wood
40 x 30 in.
$800
Pure Vision Arts

Gary Schmedes
Powerpuff Girls vs. Darkwing Duck Villains, 2018
watercolor and ink
31 x 28 in.
$155
Make Studio

Tony LaBate
Batman Villians - Mr. Freeze 1, 2 & 3, 2015
mixed media
26 x 20 in.
$100
Make Studio

Eileen Schofield
Trees, 2016
marker on paper
11 x 8 in.
$40
Art Enables

Maria Vanik
Purple Cat, 2019
marker on paper
11 x 14 in.
price on request
Arts of Life

Tony LaBate
Kramer & Newman's Michigan Bottle and Can Deposit Scam, 2017
mixed media
20 x 22 in.
$115
Make Studio

Jerry Williams
The Willy Family, 2019
mixed media
16 x 19 in.
$150
Make Studio

Gary Honig
Oui R 1, 2018
acrylic and alkyd on canvas (diptych)
20 x 20 in.
$850

Eric Sadowsky
Zebra, 2017
ink on paper
19 x 24 in.
$400
Pure Vision Arts

Gary Murrell
Feelin' Purple, 2017
acrylic on canvas
12 x 9 in.
$75
Art Enables

Nikki Heusman
Snowballs in Winter, 2019
chalk pastel on board
20 x 16 in.
$525
Arts of Life

Sarah Swan
Connection, 2020
acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 x 1 in.
$40
Art Enables

Max Poznerzon
Garden Plants (FRAMED), 2018
acrylic and marker on canvas board
18 x 14 in.
$150
Art Enables

Shobika Sekar
Secret of Two Flowers, 2019
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in.
$1,950

Maria Camacho
Moon Dog, 2020
pastel on paper
19 x 24 in.
$350
Pure Vision Arts

Alex Scott
The Boy with His Head in the Clouds, 2019
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in.
price on request
Arts of Life

Maurice Barnes
The Mountains, 2019
art stix and marker on paper
14 x 17 in.
$55
Art Enables

Jean Wilson
Twilight Dawn, 2018
acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 in.
Price on request
Arts of Life

Paul McGown
Back At the Corral (FRAMED), 2017
colored pencil on paper
14 x 17 in.
$165
Art Enables

Masaji Kikuchi
Gorillas
pencil crayon on card
13.8 x 28 in.
£395
Jennifer Lauren Gallery

Debora Green
Hunting in the Jungle, 2017
art stix on paper
11 x 14 in.
$45
Art Enables

Michael Knox
Rino Viper, 2019
acrylic on canvas board
14 x 18 in.
$75
Art Enables

Vanessa Monroe
Bird in Rainforest (FRAMED), 2019
watercolor on paper
11 x 7.5 in.
On exhibition - please inquire
Art Enables

James Billian
Frozen Torch, 2020
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
$85
VisAbility Art Lab

C.M.
Medicine Woman, 2019
acrylic on canvas
12 x 9 in.
Not for sale
St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Tim Peterson
Land Meets Water (inspired by Bob Ross), 2020
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.
$100
DaVinci Art Studios, Arts for All

Erika Clark
The Guardians, 2016
acrylic on canvas
18 x 30 in.
$150
Make Studio

Mara Clawson
Finding Places to Make Warm, 2020
soft pastel on paper
16 x 12 in.
$70
Art Enables

Christopher Chronopoulos
The Forest of the Lost, 2016
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
$250

Gen Gaines
The Do-Gooder, 2019
acrylic on canvas
10 x 8 in.
Sold
Art Enables

Marrimarra
The Worry, 2020
oil on canvas paper
12 x 9 in.
$70
Art Enables

Christopher Chronopoulos
The World's Moonlight, 2016
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.
$250

Jared Max
My Light, 2020
digital print on photo paper on wood panel
12 x 8 in.
$90
VisAbility Art Lab

Stacey Sweet
Red Barn, 2019
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
Sold
DaVinci Art Studios, Arts for All

Rachel Pomponi
Apples, 2018
watercolor and ink on paper
18 x 24 in.
Not for sale

 Elizabeth 'Liz' Thompson
Stubborn Chicken, 2019
acrylic on canvas board
8 x 10 in.
$55
DaVinci Art Studios, Arts for All

Rachel Pomponi
Hammock, 2014
watercolor and ink on paper
18 x 24 in.
Not for sale

Gillian Patterson
Fancy Garden Fountain, 2020
acrylic on canvas board
16 x 20 in.
$60
Art Enables

Justin Valenti
Graceful Ocean, 2020
canvas and fluid paint
11 x 11 in.
Not for sale
VisAbility Art Lab

Eric Atkinson
Off the Grid, 2020
marker and colored pencil on paper
7 x 11 in.
$40
Art Enables

Charles Meissner
Where I Went Last Night, 2014
marker and watercolors on paper
11 x 14 in.
$45
Art Enables

Oscar Azmitia
Royal County Automotive Repair Shop, 2017
acrylic on wood
5 x 8 in.
$300
Pure Vision Arts

Johnny McKenna
Red Lobster, 2018
acrylic on canvas board
8 x 10 in.
$60
Studio 57

Johnny McKenna
Banana Splitz, 2017
acrylic on canvas board
8 x 10 in.
$60
Studio 57

Andrew Henderson
Field Next to Sevensville Crab Shack, 2019
acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 in.
Not for sale
Hannah Pauling
Forest, 2020
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
$50

Chris Viau
Looking at the Colors, 2020
chalk pastel on board
32 x 40 in.
$750
Arts of Life

Andrew Henderson
Henderson Stone Glencoe, Scotland, 2020
acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 in.
Not for sale

Joanna Hiatt Kim
Boneyard Beach, 2019
archival photographic print
10 x 15 in. print, 16 x 20 in. framed
$200

David Krueger
Charlie and His Chocolate Factory, 2019
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in.
Price on request
Arts of Life

Colin Lacey
Three Women and Dog, 2019
gouache on paper
5 x 8 in.
$145
Arundel Lodge

Noah Mann-Engel
The Prayer, 2020
ink on paper
12 x 9 in.
$35

Shawn Payne
Number 1 Shoes, 2018
mixed media on canvas board
14 x 18 in.
On exhibition - please inquire
Art Enables

Guy Kuhn
Gypsy Delight, 2018
pencil on paper
16 x 10 in.
$700

Noah Velez
Venture Bloom and the Twenty-Odd Sins, 2019
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 in.
$700

Makoto Toya
Untitled (4), 2004
acrylic, gouache, and indian ink on washi paper
17 x 13.8 in.
£795
Jennifer Lauren Gallery

Benjy Ferree
Silky Ilky, 2020
vinyl paint on Bristol paper
11 x 14 in.
Not for sale

Mark Moitoza
Slappy, 2020
acrylic on canvas
12 x 9 in.
$80
Studio 57

Duane Blacksheare-Staton
Me (FRAMED), 2019
graphite on paper
16 x 12 in.
$225
Art Enables

Jerry Williams
Circus, 2017
mixed media on canvas
34 x 34 in.
$225
Make Studio

Nonja Tiller
Royal Family Cat, 2019
watercolor and marker on paper
12 x 18 in.
$55
Art Enables

Charlie Visconage
MATSUDO CITY SELF PORTRAIT, 2020
acrylic and gouache on archival paper
11 x 9 in.
Not for sale

Benjy Ferree
Wolf by the Ears, 2020
vinyl paint and ink on Bristol paper
11 x 14 in.
Not for sale

Charlie Visconage
UNNATURAL HAIR, 2020
acrylic and gouache on canvas
20 x 16 in.
$150

Kimberly Carlson
Good Boys, 2020
mixed media on canvas
30 x 20 in.
$111

Benjy Ferree
Free Rodney Reed, 2020
ink on pizza box
approx 18 x 18 in.
Not for sale

 

OUTSIDE FORCES 2020 PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Thanks to all the participating artists and studios!

Please click names below for more information about each artist and studio/gallery. All Art Enables artwork can be purchased directly through our website. To purchase work by other artists, please contact the artist or studio directly. Further questions? Email mlong@art-enables.org.

ARTISTS

 

Setara Ahmed

Justin Andrews, VisAbility Art Lab

Eric Atkinson, Art Enables

Oscar Azmitia, Pure Vision Arts

Nadine Baldwin, Make Studio

Maurice Barnes, Art Enables

James Billian, VisAbility Art Lab

Jay Bird, Art Enables

Duane Blacksheare-Staton, Art Enables

Summer Blake

Susan Brown, Pure Vision Arts

Maria Camacho, Pure Vision Arts

Kimberly Carlson

Edward Chance Jr., VisAbility Art Lab

Maria-Victoria Checa

Christopher Chronopoulos

Erika Clark, Make Studio

Calvin “Sonny” Clarke, Art Enables

Mara Clawson, Art Enables

Jacqueline Coleman, Art Enables

Robert Corcoran, Art Enables

Sarah Davie, VisAbility Art Lab

Milton Davis, ECF Art Centers

Leila Drici

Egbert “Clem” Evans, Art Enables

Benjy Ferree

Robert Fischer, Jennifer Lauren Gallery

Gemma Frost, Make Studio

Danny Frownfelter, Arts of Life (North Shore)

Roy Gabbay, Pure Vision Arts

Gen Gaines, Art Enables

Debora Green, Art Enables

Stacie Hanson, VisAbility Art Lab

Michael Haynes, Art Enables

Andrew Henderson

Nikki Heusman, Arts of Life (North Shore)

Erik Holden

Gary Honig

Joanna Hiatt Kim

Bard Ionson

Ingrid Jansson, Little City

Payman Jazini, Art Enables

Harold Jeffries, Little City

Simone Johnson, Pure Vision Arts

Charmaine Jones, Art Enables

Hector Jones, Arts of Life (North Shore)

Masaji Kikuchi, Jennifer Lauren Gallery

John King, Little City

Michael Knox, Art Enables

David Krueger, Arts of Life (Chicago)

Becky Kubica, Arts of Life (North Shore)

Guy Kuhn

Tony LaBate, Make Studio

Colin Lacey, Arundel Lodge

Toni Lane, Art Enables

Paul Lewis, Art Enables

 

 

Raymond Lewis, Art Enables

Keith Lewis, Art Enables

Helen Lewis, Art Enables

Leah Loebner, Arundel Lodge

Maiya Lonesome

Leah Lowery

Bess Lumsden, Make Studio

Noah Mann-Engel

Maurice McCrimmon

Deontray Neal, Arundel Lodge

C.M.

Marrimarra, Art Enables

Jared Max, VisAbility Art Lab

Shaun McDonald, VisAbility Art Lab

Paul McGown, Art Enables

Johnny McKenna, Studio 57

Charles Meissner, Art Enables

Walter Mika, Pure Vision Arts

Vanessa Monroe, Art Enables

Mark Moitoza, Studio 57

Margaret Mousseau, Jennifer Lauren Gallery

Christianne Msall, Arts of Life (Chicago)

Stephen Mulhauser, Pure Vision Arts

Gary Murrell, Art Enables

Gillian Patterson, Art Enables

Shawn Payne, Art Enables

Hannah Pauling

Larry Pearsall, ECF Art Centers

Tony Perez, Arts of Life (Chicago)

Tim Peterson, DaVinci Art Studios, Arts for All

Rachel Pomponi

Max Poznerzon, Art Enables

Dennis Quillin, Art Enables

Jamila Rahimi, Art Enables

Eric Sadowsky, Pure Vision Arts

Michael Schaff, Art Enables

Chris Schallhorn, Art Enables

Eileen Schofield, Art Enables

Alex Scott, Arts of Life (Chicago)

Bob Shaw, Little City

Kelly Stone, Arts of Life (Chicago)

Sarah Swan, Art Enables

Stacey Sweet, DaVinci Art Studios, Arts for All

Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson, DaVinci Art Studios, Arts for All

Nonja Tiller, Art Enables

Makoto Toya, Jennifer Lauren Gallery

Jimmy Tucker

Imani Turner, Art Enables

Justin Valenti, VisAbility Art Lab

Maria Vanik, Arts of Life (Chicago)

Noah Velez

Chris Viau, Arts of Life (North Shore)

Charlie Visconage

Jerry Williams, Make Studio

Jean Wilson, Arts of Life (Chicago)

 

STUDIOS / GALLERIES

 

ARUNDEL LODGE (Edgewater, MD)

ART ENABLES (Washington, DC)

ARTS OF LIFE (Chicago Studio, Chicago, IL)

ARTS OF LIFE (North Shore Studio, Glenview, IL)

ECF ART CENTERS / DAC GALLERY (Los Angeles, CA)

DAVINCI ART STUDIOS, ARTS FOR ALL (Purcellville, VA)

JENNIFER LAUREN GALLERY (Manchester, U.K.)

LITTLE CITY (Palatine, IL)

MAKE STUDIO (Baltimore, MD)

PURE VISION ARTS (New York, NY)

ST. ELIZABETH'S HOSPITAL (Washington, DC)

STUDIO 57 (Middletown, RI)

VISABILITY ART LAB (VISARTS CENTER, Rockville, MD)