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Roland Wilkie

'The tragic results of a childhood destroyed are revealed even more disturbingly in the world created by the Canadian outsider Roland Claude Wilkie b.1939). Suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and, from 1995, a patient at a hospital in Quebec City, Wilkie lost his father at the age of two and his sister shortly after and was allegedly abused as a child. He developed violent and paedophilic impulses towards children, particularly blond girls, which have been sublimated since his voluntary admission to the hospital in the obessive creation of images and text - he is writing a secret autobiography entitled 'Fearless Water' - that are unremittingly brutal. Where Darger wrestled constantly with destructive impulses and the search for deliverance, in Wilkie's universe there is only torture. His drawings of children or of himself, armed and with murderous intent, are all the more disturbing for awkward child-like style in which they are executed. He refuses drug treatment for his condition that exposes him to the full force of a delusional world in which the impulse to inflict physical and sexual harm is uppermost. There is nothing to be celebrated in these drawings, but they are important uncoverings of a most chilling potentiality of the human psyche'.

(Colin Rhodes. 'Outsider Art : Spontaneous Alternatives', published by Thames & Hudson.)

All the above paintings have been exhibited at the American Visionary Art Museum