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Llyn Foulkes: The art world’s one-man-band

For decades the art world had little interest in LA artist Llyn Foulkes – but now they can’t get enough of him. Tom Brook looks at a new documentary profiling this eccentric outsider: a painter, sculptor, collagist and one-man-band, all rolled into one.

Los Angeles based painter and musician Llyn Foulkes is a free-spirited American artist – now 78, his first work was exhibited more than 50 years ago . For most of his career the art market has had little interest in him – but in recent times that has begun to change.

Foulkes work was presented at the prestigious documenta exhibition in the German city of Kassel in 2012, and a major retrospective of his work went on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles earlier this year. This large-scale exhibition of his work is currently on show at New York’s New Museum and in November will move on to the Museum Kurhaus Kleve in western Germany.

Los Angeles filmmakers Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty spent seven years following Foulkes, creating a portrait of the man and his work.

Tom Brook reports.

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