Anthony Ballard "June 14, 1991"
Yet another Outsider Art Fair discovery, this time courtesy of the Fountain Gallery booth. Anthony Ballard was a NYC resident and self-taught artist who happened upon a 25 cent box of Rapidograph pens in a church rummage sale and never looked back. This is work that suffers a bit in digital form, because it simply looks like a computer graphic. But therein lies its magnificence: it was all done by Ballard's hand in jaw-droppingly intricate detail. I gravitated toward his precise, mystical pieces, though his erotic bubble drawings are fantastic as well - sort of R. Crumb meets Chris Ware. More on Ballard here.