Paintings of the people, by the people, for the people.

It’s Art. It’s Weird. It’s Entertaining. It’s Educational

A dazzling array of eye-popping, curious and mind-blowing examples of “found” amateur art, culled from thrift stores, swap meets, yard sales, flea markets and even dumpsters!

The paintings range in subject from portraits to pets, religion to fantasy, landscape to abstract and a lot of ‘what on earth were they thinking?’ Not all the paintings are “bad”, but each  exhibits a certain quality that speaks to us. Although they don’t necessarily speak to everybody in the same way.

In selecting paintings for the web site we’ve tried to include something to please all tastes, and possibly upset some tastes too.

To paraphrase Abe Lincoln “Paintings of the people, by the people, for the people.

The Curators

Steve Purdy has lived in Tucson for more than 25 years and been involved in the music business in one form or another for more than forty years.
He Is the founder and owner of LYSERGIC SOUND DISTRIBUTORS aka L.S.D. Records, a Tucson-based vinyl-only record label that’s been in business for more than fifteen years and specializes in reissuing rare psychedelic, garage, unknown, obscure and/or unreleased music from the 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Steve has been a collector of outsider art for about ten years and started when he found a classic painting, that has become known as “The Baby” in a thrift store in Santa Fe, N.M. in 2004.
Steve had the idea for and was the co-creator of the first “Tales From The Trash” which took place in Tucson in September, 2012.

Mark Bloom has lived in Tucson for 12 years. He is an illustrator and makes mosaics with his partner Maggie Rickard. Together they have organized events for Kon Tiki restaurant , most recently the 50th Anniversary. In his spare time he enjoys scouring local swap meets and thrift stores, collecting vintage vinyl records, designing things and eating sushi.

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Some random recent finds