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  • Jenny Mendes

    "Ectlectrc Pencil" aka James Edward Deeds, Jr. A very intriguing story behind this naive, outsider artist. His collection of works were discovered at auction, artist identity unknown and traced back to a Missouri state hospital...

  • K. Syren

    "The Electric Pencil" - a collection of drawings, done on ledger pages, and hand-sewn into a book. Thought to be the work of Edward Deeds, born in 1908 and who was committed to State Hospital Number 3 at the age of 17 (about 1925), after threatening his brother with a hatchet. He spent 50 years there. He was released from the hospital to a nursing home in the mid-1970s and died on January 9, 1987.

  • Sally Bremenkamp

    outsider art edward deeds | Electric Pencil documentary needs funding

  • Sasha Lambert

    James Edward Deeds, Jr (born 1908), pencil drawing. Naive, outsider artist, Deeds was abused as a child, sent to a school for the "Feeble Minded" declared insane and incarcerated for life at a mental hospital and later treated with shock therapy.

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The “Electric Pencil” drawings were later purchased by artist Harris Diamant of NYC, whose tireless research into the mystery eventually identified the man as James Edward Deeds, Jr. (1908-1987) of Ozark, Missouri. The rest is art history.

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Edward Deeds spent most of his adult life, from 1936 until 1973, in the State Hospital No. 3, a mental hospital in Nevada. Sometime during those years he taught himself to draw. Deeds' drawings reveal his rich and complex inner life, populated by Civil War soldiers, circus performers, baseball players and an enormous cast of characters who may have been based on family members and people he knew in the hospital and pictures from magazines.

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