'In the case of British artist Nick Blinko (b.1961), who has in the past been hospitalised, the need to make pictures is stronger than the desire for the psychic 'stability' brought by therapeutic drugs which adversely affects his ability to work. His images are constructed of microscopically detailed elements, sometimes consisting of literally hundreds of interconnecting figures and faces, which he draws without the aid of magnifying lenses and which contain an iconography that places him in the company of the likes of Bosch, Bruegel and the late Goya. These pictures produced in periods when he was not taking medication bring no respite from the psychic torment and delusions from which he suffers. In order to make art, Blinko risks total psychological exposure'.
(Colin Rhodes . Outsider Art : Spontaneous Alternatives, Thames & Hudson)
Nick Blinko's work is currently included in a major touring show 'Ecriture en Delire'. After travelling from The Collection de l'Art Brut this exhibition will be displayed at the Museum Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, then on to Gand in Belgium, at the Museum Dr Guislain, from November 2006 to May 2007. Other prominent outsider artists featured are Aloise, Carlo, Adolf Wolfli and Henry Darger.
Nick Blinko’s work is also published by David Tibet’s imprint Coptic Cat (www.CopticCat.com); his most recent book is Visions of Pope Adrian 37th which is available from Coptic Cat’s shop here!