Just watched a segment on CBC National News on Maud Lewis (Maudie) the Nova Scotia Canadian painter (more info from Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) tonight. Fascinating. And the performances in the upcoming movie Maudie by Sally Hawkins (love her in performances in Persuasion, Happy-Go-Lucky and Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke are great too!
I’ve found some videos to share, real life stuff first and then the movie.
“(NFB) Set against a background of her paintings and the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, landscapes they depict, this short documentary is a portrait of the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost primitive painters, Maud Lewis. Emerging from her youth crippled with arthritis, Lewis escaped into her painting at the age of 30. She had never seen a work of art and had never attended an art class but her paintings captured the simple strength, beauty and happiness of the world she saw – a world without shadows.“
THR Review, “‘Maudie’: Telluride Review”
From National Post review, “Maudie is a portrait of a painter whose canvas was her life, and whose life was her canvas” – //This is a painter whose canvas was her life, and whose life her canvas. Maudie is a magnificent celebration of both.//
2017 April 12, G&M Review, “In Maudie, Sally Hawkins embraces the art and life of Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis”
“Initially, all Walsh sent Hawkins was one image: the iconic photograph of the diminutive Lewis from the series taken by the Star Weekly photographer Bob Brooks in 1964. The photo shows Lewis sitting at her portable desk by the window alongside her paintings and paints. “And surrounded by tulips! I saw this little hunched woman with this incredible smile and those twinkly little eyes and I knew,” Hawkins recalls, “before I even read the script. Just this beautiful spirit shines out from this photo.”“
2018 July 26 Update: Here is a 2005 film “I Can Make Art … Like Maud Lewis” you can watch on NFB.