About Us

Since 1996, when Paul and I first discovered this genre known as Self Taught, Outsider, Naive Art, Art Brut, and Folk Art, we've been hopeless addicts to the stuff. Throughout our 15+ years as the owners of Primitive Kool, we've met fascinating people and traveled the world, including towns throughout the Southern US, including New Orleans and Memphis. We've swung from trees with Jimmy Lee Sudduth and sat at the feet of Bernice Sims, listening to her tell stories for hours. We've hosted Lamar Sorrento and even commissioned him paint the facade of our salon/gallery in the year 2000. We've been ripped off, cussed at, and loved by so many great outsiders!

Here are a few memories captured in photographs: