These paintings are the work of outsider artist Phyllis Trager Hyman, who contracted polio as a child and was also diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She died in 2011 at the age of 75.
When Ms. Hyman’s cousin arrived in Florida to settle the estate, she contacted the Leeper-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs. The museum referred her to our gallery because of Jeanine Taylor’s expertise in self-taught/outsider art. We appreciate the trust that Ms. Hyman’s family has placed in us to present the first public viewing of this significant body of work.
Creating fervently over many years, the body of work Ms. Hyman produced numbers over 300 canvases and countless drawings. Her work reflects both contemporary art techniques of the mid-20th century and the psychological self-reference reflective of someone afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia. Indeed, it’s the latter that prevented her from marketing herself as a professional artist.
Of the twenty paintings in this show, two are dated 1974 and the rest fall between 2002 and 2006. The gallery is pleased to debut this vibrant collection of contemporary outsider art.
Biographical information provided by Karen Kerschen, cousin to Ms. Hyman