Louis Estape, "Outsider" Artist | 13 Images

 

Louis Estape ("Louie") worked at the Creative Growth Art Center for artists with physical, mental and developmental disabilities in Oakland, CA from 1985 until fairly recently. Over the years he developed an extensive body of art that reflected his world view, his community, his Honduran heritage, and most prominently, his relationship with God. 

 

He was eight years old when he immigrated to the United States, but almost all his work still used images reflecting his central American origins. Over time the religious aspect of Estape’s work became increasingly pervasive. Always an incessant stream-of-consciousness talker, his conversation increasingly included religious monologues. His art expanded accordingly, reflecting his obsession with sin, punishment and redemption. His later works, in addition to scenes from the community, his home, his friends and animals, depict his religiosity: saints, angels, cherubim and God himself. Estape also used the sermon structure in his daily engagement with the world. In the course of his years at Creative Growth, Estape’s skills as an artist improved immensely and so did his comfort with revealing himself to the viewer in his art. His art is a literal depiction of himself in image and word.

For more background, see article by Beate Echols: Improving on Reality – The Works of Louis Estape in: Folk Art Messenger #61, Spring/Summer 2004

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Peace Bandit, wood and paint, 1990's
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Smiley the Penguin, paper cut-out, 1990's
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Hothead, wood and paint, 1990's
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King, wood and paint, 1990's
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Angel, wood and paint, 1990's
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Squid Queen, wood and paint, 1990's
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Woman with Flower Pot, Crayon on paper, 1990's
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Flower girl, paint on wood, 1990's
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Bird-Fish, paint on wooden door panel, 1990's
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Exxon Tiger, Crayon on paper, 1997
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Dinner Party, wood and paint, 1990's