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The Art Extraordinary Trust

‘What I expect from any work of art is that it surprises me, that it violates my customary valuations of things and offers me other, unexpected ones.’ - Jean Dubuffet

The Art Extraordinary Trust was formed to serve a dual purpose, firstly, to enable the public to access and understand Art Extraordinary, and secondly, to encourage and support contemporary practitioners in this field, giving their work a public forum. 

Seagreens Garden, David Mackie Cook Art Extraordinary is also known as ‘Art Brut’ or ‘Outsider Art.' The collection includes a wide variety of works in various media, the earliest examples in the collection date back to the late 19th century while the collection continues to grow as the Trust adds new works from contemporary artists. The collection held by The Art Extraordinary Trust is unique in this country and regarded as internationally significant. Part of the collection is currently on loan to the prestigious Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Trust aims to preserve and protect these works and to raise the profile of the collection through exhibition.The gallery represents and collects contemporary practitioners of Art Extraordinary and provides changing exhibitions of these works. 

The opening exhibition this year is David Mackie Cook. David is a highly skilled artist with a distinctly inventive style, further exhibitions this year will celebrate 25 years of the Pittenweem Arts Festival and present poet and artist Jon Milne.

David trained at Art School but prefers to follow his own path of visionary works; he could be defined as an ‘art brut’ artist.  Living in an isolated hamlet surrounded by empty grasslands on the edge of the North Sea, David uses his environment as both the inspiration and the fabric of his work.  He has transformed the ruined remains of a fisherman’s hamlet into a garden of figures and creatures, carving driftwood and fusing cement and fragments of crockery.

David has tried to recreate his remote working environment on the east coast of Scotland at SEAGREENS using custom made paint to colour the walls.  The gallery has used various display devices to mimic techniques he has used in his environmental sculptural constructions at SEAGREENS. The work is both sculptural and painterly, David uses a combination of traditional art materials with items of ‘flotsam and jetsam’ which he assimilates to create imaginative images reminiscent of the landscape which surrounds him and sea faring myth and legend.

Seagreens Garden, David Mackie Cook

The Art Extraordinary Gallery is open Saturday from 11.00- 16.30 and Sunday from 12.00- 16.30 on 05 May 2007 until 28 October 2007.

Please contact Joyce Laing or Anna Copland on 01333 311425 or email: The Art Extraordinary Trust

Art Extraordinary Gallery: 27 High Street, Pittenweem, Fife KY10 2LA.

Website under construction: Art Extraordinary Trust

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