Rockford native and living outsider artist Stephen Warde Anderson exhibiting at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Stephen Warde Anderson (American, b. 1953).  The Jinni , 1995. Tempera and gouache on shade cloth, 24 x 32 in. Courtesy of Private Collection

Stephen Warde Anderson (American, b. 1953). The Jinni, 1995. Tempera and gouache on shade cloth, 24 x 32 in. Courtesy of Private Collection

CHICAGO -- Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art announces its upcoming exhibition, Stephen Warde Anderson: Attention to Detail, opening Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. Anderson will be present at the exhibition's opening reception to mingle with attendees, discuss his works, and partake in a question-and-answer session with one of the show's curators.

After attending University of Chicago for one year, then serving in the United States Navy for four years, Rockford, Ill., native Stephen Warde Anderson decided he'd spend the rest of his life creating things.

His nontraditional route to uncovering his artistic talents, as well as the fact that his skills are entirely self-taught, make Anderson's work all the more astonishing. Stephen Warde Anderson: Attention to Detail captures the pointillist techniques he employed in his earliest works.

Anderson began his foray into the art world through charcoal and pencil drawings, and then graduated on to painting through the development of his own methods for production, such as mixing tempera with his saliva. He also fashioned flexible stylus instruments from small cut pieces of whipped cream containers, which he used alongside sewing needles to create tiny paint dots and striations.

The exhibition focuses primarily on the birth of Anderson's career as an artist, during which time his portraits stand out as remarkably meticulous. Anderson's first paintings took well over a year each for him to finish, speaking to his intense attention to detail, as reflected in the show's title.

Anderson's art is heavily concentrated in portraits of film stars, famous women and historical subjects. Intuit will be showcasing more than 30 of these paintings, two never before seen by the public.  Attention to Detail pulls together many of Anderson's original pieces from a variety of private collections.

The exhibition's free opening reception celebration is Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., with the artist question-and-answer discussion led by curator Mike Noland at 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on view until Sunday, May 13, 2018.

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Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is one of the premier museums of outsider and self-taught art in the world, offering exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a permanent collection of more than 1,200 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.

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