"Triple Treat! Past, Present, Future" Robert Ian Pepper, David "Big Dutch" Nally, Jim Bloom  September 10th - October 31st, 2009  |  Opening Reception Thursday, September 10th, 2009 5 - 8 PM

  Robert Ian Pepper (Reading), explores memories of the travelling fun-fair and its titillating culture from his youth in Manchester, England.  His masterful scenes glow with energy- filled with dazzling color, action, romance, and longing.  In addition to being a fine artist, Pepper has a successful commercial career.  A neon and wood sign for Reading’s “Northeast Taproom,” made in the early 1988, is included in the show. 

David "Big Dutch" Nally (Reading) will also have a painting on display on loan from the ‘Taproom’, which has hung for years in its back room.  In his new work Nally revisits critical themes of war, religion, and the plight of the worker, encoded in playful mixed-media paintings, copper and wood assemblages, and colored pencil and ink drawings.  Nally introduces new subjects such as reality television (after becoming fascinated with a nationally popular cable program featuring a family from Berks County) with iconic imagery, bright colors, and pithy, often poignant text.

In “Triple Treat!  Past, Present, Future,” Outsider Folk Art Gallery brings together three Pennsylvania artists who have been independently developing their art for several decades, and through it, illustrating unique perspectives on life.  “Triple Treat:  Past, Present, and Future” features the latest body of work from Robert Ian Pepper, David “Big Dutch” Nally, and Jim Bloom, along with older selections from each artist that provide personal and artistic context.  “Big Dutch”  has been featured by OFAG since it opened in 2005;  Jim Bloom has been represented since 2007.  The gallery is proud to present the work of Robert Ian Pepper for the first time.  The work of Bloom, Pepper, and Nally is diverse in style and subject matter, but shares in common an unwavering commitment to effectively communicate a feeling, message, or story to the viewer, which comes directly from the artist’s personal experience. 


Large canvases by Jim Bloom (Philadelphia),  confront current topics such as the  moral issues surrounding actions of high level financial executives, as presented in popular news media.  Bloom combines these subjects with sexually or violently charged imagery from one of his oldest themes, which has reemerged lately; that of bars and counter-cultural night-life, contrasted with works addressing social isolation.  The heavily object-encrusted surfaces of several of Bloom’s paintings contain collaged elements of used theatre props, created by Mr. Pepper. 

 The Outsider Folk Art Gallery, located on the fifth floor of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, is owned by long time collectors of self-taught art and Americana George and Sue Viener.  Art displayed from the Vieners’ collection is available for purchase. The gallery’s primary function is to provide a venue in Berks County for outsider and self-taught art.

Outsider Folk Art Gallery | Hours:  Tues - Sat 10 AM - 6 PM | 201 Washington St. suite 504 Reading, PA 19601                                                          610 939 1737 p | 610 939 1738 f | www.outsiderfolkart.com 

Next Show:  "Purvis of Overtown" November 10 - December 31, 2009