Simon Sparrow

Year inducted: 2012
1925-2000

Simon Sparrow was a local Madison street preacher / artist.  His folk art was interesting because it affected everybody in different ways.  Most considered it outsider art as it was made from found objects.  Simon Sparrow thought that he was a spiritual vessel that God talked through. He thought that his art and his spiritual message were one and the same, that this type of creation was sort of the essence of the human spirituality. He was West African, and so a lot of the symbolism was African spirituality mixed up with Christianity and iconic images. He worked in pastels, pencil and charcoal.

Works by Simon Sparrow