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Rondow Richard Canadian
drawing (image-making); outsider art
Richard Rondow was a mouth artist producing drawings and paintings from his home in Saanich B.C. Rondow’s work includes autobiographical themes related to physical ability and body image (Rondow was quadriplegic), and wry humour conveyed through the use of bold lines and shapes and primary colours. His status as a practicing artist with no formal training, working outside of the mainstream art scene, makes his work a candidate to be viewed as “outsider art” – art motivated by creativity, without being driven by a need for acceptance in, or accolades from, the traditional art world.
NOTE: The rabbit in the drawing could be interpreted as the original owner of a “lucky rabbit’s foot” that has now been removed. DESCRIPTION: Ink on paper line drawing of a rabbit with an amputated leg using crutches. The rabbit’s body is portrayed in profile while its face is positioned head-on, looking directly at the viewer. The artist’s signature, “Richard Rondow” appears in the lower quadrant of the art work, to the left of the amputated leg.
Art, Canadian--20th centuryArt, Modern--20th centuryOutsider artBody image in artNarrative artPeople with disabilities in artNeo-geo (Art)LuckFortuneWit and humor in artPersonal narratives