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Whether the subject of art is clearly rebellious and unsupervised, or perhaps its unruliness is a bit more subtle and understated, art has often been a way that people choose to push the norms. Encouraging the world and society to be a bit more free and more accepting is what Artist as Outlaw Day is all about.

History of Artist as Outlaw Day

When Banksy started appearing on the streets of England in the 1990s, this mysterious person started subversively using his or her street art and graffiti to bring political question onto the streets. But, although able to remain anonymous far beyond most artists, Banksy is certainly not the first artist in the world to use art as a form of protest.

Artist as Outlaw Day offers a special opportunity for artists all over the world to join together and use their voices to make a statement. Whether it is a statement fighting for social justice, speaking out politically, standing up for environmentalism or simply exercising the freedom to be an individual thinker, this day encourages these types of art and much more.

How to Celebrate Artist as Outlaw Day

Take a look at some of these creative and interesting ways to get involved in celebrating Artist as Outlaw Day:

Create Some Unique Art

Artist as Outlaw Day offers a fun opportunity for anyone to create some art that runs a little bit on the edge. Get inspired by some modern artists that have used art as a way to encourage the world to be a better place. It might be directly confrontational or it might be something a bit more low-key, as long as the artist is passionate about the message, that’s what matters!

Whatever the medium, whether it’s painting, drawing, graffiti, or textile art, this is a great day to engage in some creativity that doesn’t have to follow the rules. Because that’s what Artist as Outlaw Day is all about.

Learn More About Outlaw Artists

Take some time on Artist as Outlaw Day to pay respect to and learn more about some of the unique and interesting artists who have pushed the edge over the years. For instance, consider some of these artists:

  • Nicky Nodjoumi

    With his black, white and red piece, “Long Live Freedom,” in 1978, Nodjoumi used art to protest the political situation from his native Iran and Persian culture in the Middle East.

  • James Luna

    An admittedly strange performance artist, Luna was a Mexican-American Indian who lived most of his life on a reservation. His installation, called “The Artifact Piece”, required him to lay still as if on an anthropological exhibit where he wore a loincloth.

  • Emory Douglas

    With the famous piece “Afro-American Solidarity with the oppressed People of the World”, Douglas embodied his political views as a Black Panther in 1969.

  • Michelangelo

    This famous artist held disdain for the corruption in the church at the time and one cherub he painted is offering a quietly subtle hand gesture that was considered offensive during that time.

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