Eddie Arning Notecard Folio
Eddie Arning (American, 1898–1993) left school after six years of formal education to work on his family’s farm in Germania, Texas, about one hundred miles south of Lubbock. Bouts of anger and depression during his twenties escalated to violent behavior that led to Arning being diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder then known as dementia praecox. Toward the end of a three-decade period of hospitalization, Arning was introduced to art by a teacher employed by Austin State Hospital. Initially creating autobiographical images—including many farm scenes—with wax crayons and paper, Arning quickly progressed. Often inspired by newspaper articles, magazine photos, and advertisements, Arning mastered color, figures, and arrangement and began working with oil pastels.
After his release from the hospital in 1964, Arning lived in a nursing home, where he produced almost 2,500 drawings while gaining a significant local reputation. The sale of Arning’s work paid for his nursing home care, and he was quite proud of the attention and respect that his art gave him. Yet after almost ten years at the nursing home, when Arning moved in with his widowed sister, he ceased drawing within one year. Arning’s work has been featured in several books, including Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists (E. P. Dutton, 1974) and Folk Painters of America (E. P. Dutton, 1979). In 1985 Arning had a year-long exhibition at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. His drawings are represented in the collections of more than one dozen museums.
Published with the Ricco/Maresca Gallery
Untitled (Two Men with Big Hands) Notecard
Eddie Arning's Untitled (Two Men with Big Hands), 1968–1970. From the Ricco/Maresca Gallery. 5 x 7" blank notecard with white envelope. This card is only available in the assortment.
Untitled (Person in Front of House) Notecard
Eddie Arning's Untitled (Person in Front of House), 1968–1970. From the Ricco/Maresca Gallery. 5 x 7" blank notecard with white envelope. This card is only available in the assortment.