B. 1961, United Kingdom
In the case of British artist Nick Blinko, the need to make pictures is stronger than the desire for the psychic ‘stability’ brought by therapeutic drugs which adversely affects his ability to work. His images are constructed of microscopically detailed elements, sometimes consisting of literally hundreds of interconnecting figures and faces, which he draws without the aid of magnifying lenses and which contain an iconography that recalls Bosch, Bruegel and Goya. The pictures produced in periods when he was not taking medication bring no respite from the psychic torment and delusions from which he suffers. According to Professor Colin Rhodes in his book Outsider Art : Spontaneous Alternatives, “In order to make art, Blinko risks total psychological exposure.”
In 2019, at the Triennial of Self-taught Visionary Art, an exhibition organized by the Museum of Naive & Marginal Art, Blinko was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix from amongst hundreds of entrants worldwide. The artist is currently represented in many public and museum collections in Europe and the UK, including The Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne) and The Museum of Everything (London).