a collection of images and wallpapers featuring folk art. What is folk art? It essentially amateur or enthusiast art created by non professional or self taught artists. It is also called Naive Art. Regarding landscape art and still life, it is prevalent to this day across the world. Anyone who doesn't paint for a living can be regarded as a folk artist. Portraiture or the drawing of people was particularly prevalent in the days of empire as humans expanded to the far reaches of the world. As white europeans expanded across north america, newly land rich and successful families wanted to highlight their importance by having personal portraits commissioned. The only problem was that in these semi-wild regions, good professional painters were in short supply. So amateur painters, friends and family members would often try painting each other and the results were mixed. The problem with painting human beings, compared to inanimate objects, is that if something is wrong, it is immediately noticeable and makes the subject in the picture look unnatural. If someone’s head is slightly too big, or one leg looks unnaturally long for example it changes the whole complexion of the painting, often giving it a strangely macabre appearance. So these old folk art portraits from the late 18th, early 19th centuries, often have an odd, otherworldly appearance. Someone might wonder what the subjects thought of their images being twisted in this way. They were not destroyed, they exist to this day, so they obviously held some value. Maybe they were too proud to criticise them.
This collection of folk art images, backgrounds and wallpapers is completely free to download and use for your personal pleasure on your computing devices. These may include your phone, tablet, laptop, computer or all of the above. They are not to be used for business or promotional purposes.