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Stephen JM Palmer Sacred Heart My Mother My Confidence Outsider Art Painting



This vibrant gouache painting was done by obsessive outsider artist Stephen JM Palmer (1882-1965) sometime between 1955 and 1965. Palmer was a farm laborer and logger in rural Wisconsin and Minnesota. After he was injured in a logging accident in the 1930s, he broke off from the Catholic Church to join a Christian fringe group and later established a circle of followers to listen to his visions and prophecies. Towards the end of his life, he obsessively turned out images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. These visions were expressed in wild geometric designs which used the psychedelic visual language of the period, more often associated with the rock and roll posters and tattoo flash of the era. The JM in his name stands for Jesus and Mary. His paintings were discovered in Necedah, WI in 2003.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.75 in. (85.73 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 1.75 in. (4.45 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (In the Style Of)
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  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Possible minor scuffs to frame. Please email with any questions.
  • Seller Location
    Santa Monica, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU873418104412

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