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A Unique Style of Folk Art

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By Newfoundland Contemporary Artist
Benedict Joseph Ploughman

3D Wooden Folk Art


Folk art is not art-school art but it's self-taught, outsider art that comes from the heart. It's art that's outside the mainstream and made by thinking outside the box.

Made partly from recycled lobster trap laths, individually hand-carved characters, and other sculptured pieces, each picture has a story to tell about Newfoundland and it's distinct people. But I don't limit my work to just my Newfoundland surroundings.

The inspiration for my work often comes from a response to critical and crucial events in Newfoundland such as the collapse of the Atlantic cod fishery, a rapid decline in rural population and lack of meaningful employment. Therefore my style and subject matter is strongly influenced by my surroundings in this little corner of the world, rural outport Newfoundland. I consider myself a contemporary self-taught artist just keeping track of what's going on around me and in the process helping to preserve a piece of our past for future generations.

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