John Outterbridge


John Outterbridge (March 12, 1933 – November 12, 2020) was an American artist and community activist who lived and worked in Los Angeles, California. His work explores the issues surrounding personal identity such as family, community and the environment through the use of discarded materials.

He was the first director of the Watts Towers Art Center, and served in that role for seventeen years. His sculptural work has been reviewed in The New York Times, and his work is owned by many prominent museums.

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John Outterbridge is an African-American assemblage artist from North Carolina. He manipulates found objects to mimic folk art forms.

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United States


Artist, assemblage artist, installation artist

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John Outterbridge

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