The Electric Pencil

The Electric Pencil

Drawings From Inside State Hospital No. 3

Book - 2016
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Deeds's subtle, meticulous, and wildly imaginative pencil and crayon drawings portray an unusual cast of characters: nineteenth-century dandies, Civil War soldiers, antique cars, fantastic boats and trains, country landscapes dotted with roaming animals, and fanciful architecture. None of these existed in the actual mid-twentieth-century landscape of Deeds's own life, but rather were representations of his inner world--an artist's poignant tribute to a faded past.

Deeds lovingly bound his artwork in a cardboard and leather portfolio, a present for his mother. After being accidentally discarded in 1970, the album was rescued from the trash by a young boy and, thirty-six years later, came into the hands of artist and collector Harris Diamant, who provides the book's foreword.The Electric Pencil features all 283 of Deeds's arresting drawings--now avidly collected--done on ledger sheets from State Hospital No. 3 in Nevada, Missouri, and reproduced in the sequence of the original album.The Electric Pencil introduces readers to an astonishing record of one man's unwavering artistic vision in the face of the most inhospitable conditions.
Publisher: New York :, Princeton Architectural Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616894542
Branch Call Number: 741.973 DE
Characteristics: 24 pages, 244 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Goodman, Richard 1945-


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Dec 12, 2016

This is an astonishing and lovely book: Edward Deeds spent
his life in an lunatic asylum, and produced a set of drawings
like no other: spare and heartbreaking, detailed and imaginative,
they create the peaceful and lovely world he needed to live in.
They depict a once-in-a-universe unique world. They must be


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