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THE ELECTRIC PENCIL: DRAWINGS FROM INSIDE STATE HOSPITAL NO. 3 -- JAMES EDWARD DEEDS, JR. Richard Goodman. Princeton Architectural Press, Inc., New York, 2016. 268 pp. with 298 ills. (295 col.). 24 x 19 cm. ISBN 9781616894542 In English.
Publisher's description: Deeds's subtle, meticulous, and wildly imaginative pencil and crayon drawings portray an unusual cast of characters: nineteenth-century dandies, Civil War soldiers, antique cars, fantastic boats and trains, country landscapes dotted with roaming animals, and fanciful architecture. None of these existed in the actual mid-twentieth-century landscape of Deeds's own life, but rather were representations of his inner world -- an artist's poignant tribute to a faded past. Deeds lovingly bound his artwork in a cardboard and leather portfolio, a present for his mother. After being accidentally discarded in 1970, the album was rescued from the trash by a young boy and, thirty-six years later, came into the hands of artist and collector Harris Diamant, who provides the book's foreword. The Electric Pencil features all 283 of Deeds's arresting drawings -- now avidly collected -- done on ledger sheets from State Hospital No. 3 in Nevada, Missouri, and reproduced in the sequence of the original album. The Electric Pencilintroduces readers to an astonishing record of one man's unwavering artistic vision in the face of the most inhospitable conditions.
Artist(s):Deeds, James Edward, Jr.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Drawing and Watercolor — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 171666
Paperbound $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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