Maud Lewis (died 1970 age 67) – Bright child like depictions of her Canadian surroundings
(Pronounced mawd loo-is)
Maud Lewis - Mauled house and Lewis Carroll, Mad Hatter like, house
Her house looked like it had been mauled (Maud) and was like a Lewis (Lewis) Carroll's Mad Hatters tea party.
Note: Maud Lewis's house was fantastically bright and nearly every surface was painted.
Note: Her house wasn't mauled, but it's a great way to remember her first name.
Maud Lewis created folk art which is art produced by people who are not formally trained at art school and the art reflects their local culture.
Maud Lewis created her style by "layering" the background first then the foreground. After painting the background you paint all the base colours land, sky and ocean. After this you add all the small details on top like animals, houses and trees. Maud used perspective to make the things closest to her (the foreground) bigger than those in the distance (the background).
Above is a representation of Maud Lewis' work
She had been born with almost no chin and was small. Maud created her paintings with limited use of her hands due to rheumatoid arthritis.
Maud and her husband lived in a very small house, 4 x 3.7m (13 x 12 feet), a main room downstairs and stairs which lead up to a sleeping loft.
Despite the lack of indoor plumbing and electricity the house was full of delight with every surface painted, objects even scissors were painted.
Maud sold her paintings from her house to anyone who would buy them.
Her house is now in a museum in Halifax Canada.
Nobody before had created - bright child like art and introduced it into a mainstream museum