We Are All One #04 The Beaver Painting

U.S.A, c. 1994
12 x 48 in (30 x 122 cm)
ID #BEAVER-Z-04
A painting divided into four quadrants, inside of each is a fantastically colored portrait of a man. Although each man is divided into his own quadrant, written across the painting is the rousing motto "We Are All One." Each man is accompanied by a short, descriptive phrase: "I'm the black sheep of the family," "I hate work," "Why me? I have never made yet—until now," So I'm bald what you going to do about it."

For Robyn "The Beaver" Beverland, painting was never just a hobby. The Beaver was born in 1957 in Oldsmar, Florida with a rare genetic condition called Wolfrand Syndrome that left him blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other. In addition, he also dealt with cerebral palsy and diabetes. And so, painting became his lifeline, a creative outlet that sustained him throughout his day to day struggles. The Beaver was an entirely self-taught artist, and primarily used house paint, plywood, or cardboard to make his art. His art, painted simply without conventional perspective or structure, creates a delightful feeling of immediacy and clarity. The Beaver tragically passed away in 1998. Throughout it all he always said he tried to "live every minute and treasure every day." His optimism and positivity lives on in his artwork.

Artist: Robyn "The Beaver" Beverland

Material: House paint on plywood

BEAVER-#04

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