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M.David & Co. is proud to present Quirky Circus: Bunnies, Robots, Toys, and All, featuring work by Ellen Anthony, Phyllis Famiglietti, and Cynthia Sparrenberger. 

My first experience with Outsider Art (though I prefer the term Vernacular) was when I spent time in Atlanta, became close to Bill Arnett, and then became friends and had the opportunity to exhibit Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, and Quilters of Gees Bend at my Gallery.

I was not aware of these artists beforehand and their communities. 

In the subsequent years I have come to see their influence on so many of the leading contemporary artists and come to realize the term "outsider" has been more complicated.

Outsiders come from many different demographics, and a new one has emerged for me once again: that of women of an age and a demographic that were denied or chose not to pursue careers or formal education (while always creative and making work) as artists because of society's constraints and expectations many of that demographic faced at that time.

Ellen, Phyllis and Cynthia are prime examples of this demographic and new "community". 

 

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Ellen Anthony began making Bunraku puppets and wacky contraptions midlife that became Quirky Circus, a silent one-woman puppet show that ran from 2000 to 2012. After a shoulder injury in 2018, she picked up a paint brush and began moving colors around. In 2021 she began making constructions from discarded junk: wood, wire, wax, electrical cable, cotton, and sinew. Her work emerges from inner explorations. She exhibits on Cape Cod. Instagram @ellenquirky

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Limbs on Strings, 2010

Drawer, driftwood, leather, tacks, firewire, copper wire, button

15 x 13 x 5 inches

$1,150

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Limbs on Strings, 2010

Drawer, driftwood, leather, tacks, firewire, copper wire, button

15 x 13 x 5 inches

$1,150

Inquire

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Phyllis Famiglietti finds magic in found objects…"they contain a certain type of energy from a previous life". Wires, springs, hinges, switches, homeless pieces that once belonged to something or someone, somewhere at sometime, have filled many of her drawers and cabinets for years. With both pathos and humor, she combines and assembles these objects to create small 3D pieces. Her work speaks to aging, decay and abandonment, but at the same time reveals an optimism and an ulterior beauty. An award winning video editor, filmmaker and collagist, Phyllis has exhibited in numerous galleries in New York and New England. After forty years in NYC, she now lives and works in Boston. www.phyllisfamiglietti.com

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Race Car At The End Of The World, 2023

Clay & rusted metal

6 x 12 x 1 inches
$1,050

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Race Car At The End Of The World, 2023

Clay & rusted metal

6 x 12 x 1 inches
$1,050

Inquire

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’Bbit 1, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, lipstick, gesso

9 x 7 x 4 inches

$1,100

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’Bbit 1, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, lipstick, gesso

9 x 7 x 4 inches

$1,100

Inquire

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

Cynthia Sparrenberger is an American mixed media artist working within formats that range from books, to film, to works on paper, whose subject matter deals with the illusory, transitory and transcendent. Specific within this range of unique imaginary worlds, she expansively depicts the broad-ranging vulnerabilities of the human condition with all of its imperfections, alienation and childhood existential angst, always tempered with humor. Her childlike images, executed with collage, acrylic paints, oil stick, and graphite convey complex emotional states through the simple, ironic, and heartfelt imagery.

Available Works from M. David & Co.

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Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Limbs on Strings, 2010

Drawer, driftwood, leather, tacks, firewire, copper wire, button

15 x 13 x 5 inches

$1,150

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Limbs on Strings, 2010

Drawer, driftwood, leather, tacks, firewire, copper wire, button

15 x 13 x 5 inches

$1,150

Inquire
Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

One Hand, 2023

Discarded sill, electrical cable wrapped in handloom, leather, cardboard, paper mache, pebbles, sinew

17 x 9 x 4 inches

$1,150

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

One Hand, 2023

Discarded sill, electrical cable wrapped in handloom, leather, cardboard, paper mache, pebbles, sinew

17 x 9 x 4 inches

$1,150

Inquire
Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Loop on Stilts, 2023

Wood, cable wrapped in handblock, paper, acrylic

25 x 8 x 3 inches

$1,375

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Loop on Stilts, 2023

Wood, cable wrapped in handblock, paper, acrylic

25 x 8 x 3 inches

$1,375

Inquire
Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Race Car At The End Of The World, 2023

Clay & rusted metal

6 x 12 x 1 inches

$1,050

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Race Car At The End Of The World, 2023

Clay & rusted metal

6 x 12 x 1 inches

$1,050

Inquire
Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Forgotten Road Trip, 2023

Collage, clay, WWII radio, toy rubber tires, wire, wood and rope on metal platform

18 x 15 x 7.5 inches

$1,200

 

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Forgotten Road Trip, 2023

Collage, clay, WWII radio, toy rubber tires, wire, wood and rope on metal platform

18 x 15 x 7.5 inches

$1,200

 

Inquire
Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Terracotta Babylon, 2023

Circuit board, tractor bolt, broken clay pot, enamel paint, fabric strips

14 x 9.5 x 3 inches

$1,100

 

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Terracotta Babylon, 2023

Circuit board, tractor bolt, broken clay pot, enamel paint, fabric strips

14 x 9.5 x 3 inches

$1,100

 

Inquire
Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’Bbit 1, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, lipstick, gesso

9 x 7 x 4 inches

$1,100

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’Bbit 1, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, lipstick, gesso

9 x 7 x 4 inches

$1,100

 

Inquire
Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’bbit ll, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, gesso, crayon, lipstick, graphite

11 x 8 x 4.5 inches

$1,100

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’bbit ll, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, gesso, crayon, lipstick, graphite

11 x 8 x 4.5 inches

$1,100

 

Inquire
Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

Knomi, 2023

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, crayon, ink

14.5 x 10 x 6 inches

$1,450

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

Knomi, 2023

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, crayon, ink

14.5 x 10 x 6 inches

$1,450

 

Inquire
Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Limbs on Strings, 2010

Drawer, driftwood, leather, tacks, firewire, copper wire, button

15 x 13 x 5 inches

$1,150

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Limbs on Strings, 2010

Drawer, driftwood, leather, tacks, firewire, copper wire, button

15 x 13 x 5 inches

$1,150

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

One Hand, 2023

Discarded sill, electrical cable wrapped in handloom, leather, cardboard, paper mache, pebbles, sinew

17 x 9 x 4 inches

$1,150

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

One Hand, 2023

Discarded sill, electrical cable wrapped in handloom, leather, cardboard, paper mache, pebbles, sinew

17 x 9 x 4 inches

$1,150

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Loop on Stilts, 2023

Wood, cable wrapped in handblock, paper, acrylic

25 x 8 x 3 inches

$1,375

Ellen Anthony (b. 1947)

Loop on Stilts, 2023

Wood, cable wrapped in handblock, paper, acrylic

25 x 8 x 3 inches

$1,375

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Race Car At The End Of The World, 2023

Clay & rusted metal

6 x 12 x 1 inches

$1,050

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Race Car At The End Of The World, 2023

Clay & rusted metal

6 x 12 x 1 inches

$1,050

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Forgotten Road Trip, 2023

Collage, clay, WWII radio, toy rubber tires, wire, wood and rope on metal platform

18 x 15 x 7.5 inches

$1,200

 

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Forgotten Road Trip, 2023

Collage, clay, WWII radio, toy rubber tires, wire, wood and rope on metal platform

18 x 15 x 7.5 inches

$1,200

 

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Terracotta Babylon, 2023

Circuit board, tractor bolt, broken clay pot, enamel paint, fabric strips

14 x 9.5 x 3 inches

$1,100

 

Phyllis Famiglietti (b. 1952)

Terracotta Babylon, 2023

Circuit board, tractor bolt, broken clay pot, enamel paint, fabric strips

14 x 9.5 x 3 inches

$1,100

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’Bbit 1, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, lipstick, gesso

9 x 7 x 4 inches

$1,100

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’Bbit 1, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, lipstick, gesso

9 x 7 x 4 inches

$1,100

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’bbit ll, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, gesso, crayon, lipstick, graphite

11 x 8 x 4.5 inches

$1,100

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

R’bbit ll, 2024

Plaster, cardboard, wire, gesso, crayon, lipstick, graphite

11 x 8 x 4.5 inches

$1,100

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

Knomi, 2023

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, crayon, ink

14.5 x 10 x 6 inches

$1,450

 

Cynthia Sparrenberger (b. 1954)

Knomi, 2023

Plaster, cardboard, wire, graphite, crayon, ink

14.5 x 10 x 6 inches

$1,450

 

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