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Eugene Andolsek (1921–2008) was an American artistic draughtsman. He is considered an Outsider artist.

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Life

Eugene Andolsek was born in Adrian, West Virginia, United States. He grew up with his mother's homemade quilts and crochet pieces which became a principal influence for his later drawings. In 1953 Andolsek became a stenographer for the Rock Island Railroad.

Work

In 1950 Andolsek began producing drawings based on grids. He spent almost every evening for the next fifty years drawing intricately patterned pieces, using basic drawing instruments and graph paper, as a means of diverting his thoughts from worrying about work. He was soon creating abstract compositions of remarkable geometric and chromatic complexity and produced several thousand kaleidoscopic designs. His creative work ended in 2003 as a result of deteriorated eyesight.

Mental health

After being made redundant, Andolsek developed an irreversible eye disorder and became almost blind, provoking him to consider suicide. His cousin intervened, moving him to a home and rescuing Andolsek's drawings.

Recognition

As a result of the move Andolsek's drawings were shown to an administrator at Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum, who in turn showed them to Brooke Davis Anderson of the American Folk Art Museum. Anderson included some of the work in a group show at AFAM called "Obsessive Drawing" in 2005. Andolsek's first solo show was in March 2006 at American Primitive Gallery. He had another exhibition there in 2008, before he died of pneumonia and sepsis on November 17. of that year.

References

Eugene Andolsek Wikipedia


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