Della Wells

Wells_Della_smiling_Kentuck2_2011Della Wells was born in 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As a child, she made up stories and characters, many based on her mother’s recollections of growing up in North Carolina during the 1920ís, 1930ís and 1940’s.  Wells used these stories to escape the madness of her mother’s mental illness and her father’s rage and eventually used them to inspire the
collage art she creates today. Wells feels strongly that being a master of your spiritual self does not come until you understand from where you came from.  She incorporates her own folklore in her work.

Wells has appeared in various publications including Self Taught, Outsider and Folk art Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources by Betty-Carol Sellen and Cynthia J. Johnanson and the upcoming book Permission To Paint Please: A 150 Year History of African American Artist in Wisconsin written by Evelyn Patricia Terry.  Her work is exhibited in Europe and throughout the U.S., in folk art and outsider galleries from coast to coast.