Rudy Rotter (American, 1913 - 2001) was a self-taught artist in the small industrial town of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
In this piece the artist uses fish, an oft-repeated theme for him and many self-taught artists. This work should be viewed simultaneously as an expression of his vision using literal images, while at the same time, and with equal emphasis, it is an abstract composition. You'll see this mix of literal subjects and abstract rendering in much of Rotter's artwork.
The artist created a large volume of artworks that sprang from the creative recesses of his imagination. No two pieces are exactly alike. All of the artist's body of work is easily identifiable as unique to his production.
* Go With the Flow -- paint and magic markers on paper stock - 24 x 18 in. - 2000
Artist info: http://rudyrotter.com
re Condition: The art has been stored for decades in an unheated warehouse and is made from donated and scavenged common materials (a usual practice among self-taught artists). Therefore some pieces may show minor signs of age. In such instances, the affected part(s) will be displayed in separate close-up photos.
re UV: This artwork was made before the advent of fade-resistant magic markers. Therefore, if consistently displayed in strong daylight, the art should be framed using UV resistant plexiglass.
The art of Rudy Rotter was included in the Outsider Art Fair in NYC. A recent article featuring the artist appeared in the Folk Art Messenger, Fall/Winter 2018.
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