Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY

Art Brut

Generating images in the style of Art Brut.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Art Brut in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Artbrut, also termed outsider art, is characterized by the pure expression of an untrained artist working outside traditional and official artistic bounds. The art is often created by individuals isolated from society or experiencing intense mental states. Aesthetically, it is raw, unskilled, and typically autobiographical or narrative, detailing personal experiences, unconventional ideas, or fantastic worlds. Many pieces often portray a fervent intensity or intricacy, embodying the artist’s fervor. To create art in this style, focus on personal expression over academic techniques: let ideas lead, not established rules or expectations of art. Experiment with materials outside traditional mediums, communicating authentically and uniquely.

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.