Deaf Art, Deaf Artists, and Sign Language


Deaf Artists in America: Colonial to Contemporary. by Sonnenstrahl, Deborah M. PhD.

Elements of a Culture Visions by Deaf Artists: First National Touring Exhibit of Deaf Culture Art, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

The HeART of Deaf Culture: Literary and Artistic Expressions of Deafhood, DVD edited by Karen Christie and Patti Durr.

Van Cleve, John V. (1987) Gallaudet Encyclopedia of Deaf People and Deafness. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc.

Deaf Art Organizations

Spill PROpagation, an Deaf artist-run organization in eastern Canada.

Deaf Culture Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Web posts

De'VIA Timeline:

Deaf Artists

Google for more information on these artists. This list of some selected artists is NOT exhaustive.

Contemporary Deaf Artists: Canada

Jolanta Lapiak, MFA: artist, poet, performer. literary/media. Canada
Max Fomitchev, mime performer. Canada, Russia-born
Dawn Moncrieffe, textile artist. Canada.
Angela Stratiy, performer. Canada
Pamela Witcher, artist. paintingCanada

Contemporary Sign-Language Artists: Other countries

Leon Lim, artist.
Daniel Wang, artist. nature paintingChina/US
Aaron Williamson, artist. performance artU.K.

Contemporary Deaf Artists: U.S.

Chuck Baird, artist. USA.
Adrean Clark, MFA: artist, USA.
Peter Cook, performer. U.S.
Susan Dupor, artist. paintingU.S.
Paul Johnston, PhD: visual artist. USA.
Joseph Grigley, artist. mixed media (written notes), USA.
Ella Mae Lentz, poet. U.S.
Michelle McAuliffe, photographer. U.S.
Betty Miller, . mixed media artist. USA.
Ann Silver, artist. mixed media, USA.
Louise Stern, artist. USA.

Past Deaf Artists

Gustinus Ambrosi (1893-1975): deaf sculptor.

Frances Allen (1854-1941), American photographer.
Mary Allen (1858-1941), American photographer.

John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854): deaf portrait painter. Painted portraits of high society families, especially children.

John Carlin (1813-1891): deaf portrait painter. Painted portraits of well-known men, including many Washington diplomats. A close friend of Jefferson Davis (President of the Conferate States of America, 1861-1865).

John Louis Clark (1881-1970): deaf sculptor.

Antonio Gomez Feu (1907-1984):

Theophilus Hope d'Estrella (1851-1929): writer and photographer. Deaf teacher at the California School for the Deaf. Lantern slide to show pictures to and of his students. His students dubbed him The Magic Lantern Man because of the innovation of the photogrpah and the lantern slide. both new and almost magical. One of his students was Granville Redmond, who was a painter and friend of Charlie Chaplin.
Robert Freiman (1917-1997), watercolor. USA.
Francisco Goya (1748-1828): deafened Spanish artist in painting and other mediums.

Rolando Lopez Dirube (1928-1997)

Dorothy Miles (1931-1993), BSL Poetry, UK.
Juan Fernandez de Navarrete (1526-1579): deaf Spanish painter. Paintings related to religious subjects. E.g. Saint John The Baptist In Prison.
Rene Pierre Charles Princeteau (1843-1914): painting equestrian scenes, horses, as well as military scenes.
Douglas Tilden (1860-1935), sculptor.
Clayton Valli (1951-2003), ASL poetry
Harry R. Williams (1948-1991), artist on painting (deafness and music). USA.

Also see: De'VIA: a deaf art movement.

You may also be interested in Deaf films and movies.

Poetry in sign language.