THE WILL TO DRAW | Jim Heimann

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THE WILL TO DRAW | Jim Heimann

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Deluxe edition with original drawing here > 

120 pages, 110 color illustrations
10 x 8 in.
Paperback
ISBN 9781941556191

Text by Jim Heimann
Edit and design by Ryan Mungia and Jim Heimann

Co-published by Boyo Press and Ampersand Editions, 2017
First Edition of 250

The will to create is a deeply engrained part of the psyche, transcending age, gender and background. Bringing together over 100 found drawings by self-taught artists from the Jim Heimann Collection, The Will to Draw affirms the unabashed motivation to make one's mark and offers a unique window into the lives of these unknown creators.

Ranging in date from the 1930s to the 1960s, these collected drawings are an extenstion of Heimann's work as collector, cultural anthropologist and historian of popular culture. "My eye has a gravitational pull towards images that are unique, unusual or display a sense of guilelessness and naïveté," he notes in his introduction. "And so, in the course of 40 years of collecting, mostly for book projects, I have instinctively sought out primitive drawings by unknown or anonymous artists. When digging through piles of paper at swap meets and flea markets, there are inevitably “aha” or “haha” moments when a stack of handmade drawings appear. What predicates their purchase is the simplicity of the drawing, the unintended humor, the lack of subtlety or sophistication and the implied sense that there was an unrepressed will to draw. Therein lies their desirability. Adding to their mystique is the anonymity of the pieces. These drawings are often the orphans of deceased individuals whose possessions have been dispersed at garage sales allowing no backstory for their authors."

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