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George Widener (b.1962, Cincinnati, Ohio) is a self-taught artist and calendar savant who employs his extraordinary mathematical & calculating capabilities along with memorized census population statistics to create artworks based around significant dates and historical events. His works often emply complex date juxtapositions and bold numerical patterns that support an overarching theme like the sinking of the Titanic, one of his more prominent motifs.
Victor Keen first discovered Widener while watching Ingenious Minds on the Science Channel and was intrigued by this man who had a strikingly unusual talent involving numbers and memory. Someone would say their birth month, date & year and within seconds, Widener would name the day of the week, and then go on to mention what day in other years that same date had fallen. These calendar calculations are a unique talent, one that very few people are capable of imitating. Widener is obsessed with numbers and the relationships they have to history, events and everyday life.
Now a close friend of the artist, Keen has been fascinated by Widener’s use of hundreds of numbers, letters, dates, arrows and symbols that surround and support the fundamental themes of each artwork. Numbers, dates, days, months, shapes and color come together in perfectly structured, elaborate patterns often composed on found paper or pieced together paper napkins.
His work can be found in many private and public Outsider Art collections, including the Bruno Decharme ABDCD Collection in Paris, The American Folk Art Museum, The Art Collection of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and The Collection de l’Art Brut. Widener lives in the mountain town of Waynesville, North Carolina and travels abroad frequently. He is represented in London by the Henry Boxer Gallery and in New York City by the Ricco/Maresca Gallery.