American, born 1938
John Tweddle (American, born 1938)
Oil, fabric, metal, and paper on panel
46 1/2 x 65 3/8 inches
Gift of Barbara and Ronald Davis Balser
Currently not on view
Although John Tweddle was formally educated, his use of everyday materials is similar to the methods of self-taught artists. In Hunting Scene, the sun—a medallion cut from a popcorn box—rises in a sky collaged from flattened beer cans, which also form the upper frame of the piece. Tweddle attracted a following in Atlanta and New York in the 1960s, but as a native of rural Kentucky, he often felt isolated from his big-city peers. He reminds us that labels like “outsider” and “insider” are relative and that many artists consider themselves a combination of both.