In this brief post, we have compiled a list of schizophrenia art which expresses the way most of us who suffer from schizophrenia feel.
These schizophrenia paintings should encourage you to relate and understand that there are many other people out there who may also suffer from schizophrenia and have used mental illness drawings to express themselves.
Below each schizophrenic art we will briefly explain what we see.
If you have any schizophrenia art or other mental health drawings you want to add to this list then please send in your suggestions.
Are schizophrenics more creative?
People have always assumed that schizophrenic artists are way more creative than ordinary people.
Creativity has also been associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia.
It has been stated that people with mental illness are more creative and hence drawings people with schizophrenia or other mental issues created are of interest to a lot of people.
Schizophrenia art by Bryan Charnley
Below are some of the Schizophrenia art which have been created by people with Schizophrenia.
When looking at the schizo pictures below you will notice that they are quite unique pieces of artwork which portray such vibrant and inspirational colours and patterns.
There are several pieces of great art which have been created by people with this condition.
The most famous being Bryan Charnley
“Bryan Charnley (1949 – 1991) was a schizophrenic artist whose work vividly portrays the effects of schizophrenia. While experiencing many of the classic symptoms of this mental disorder Charnley was able to produce a coherent visual and written record of his experiences. ” Source- Wiki
Other famous schizophrenia paintings
Schizophrenia paintings by Louis Wain
Louis Wain (1860-1939), born in London, was a well-known English artist dedicated to the elaboration of children’s stories and drawings on scenes from country life.
Thanks to his drawings of animals and natural settings, he already had recognition at that time.
However, his fame grew after his obsession with cats, which started later.
Regarding his art, before his first admission to the psychiatric hospital for schizophrenia hallucinations, Wain already experimented with Cubism and produced abstract paintings, so it is still debatable that the evolution of his paintings is the result of his deterioration.
Likewise, in many of his works the date is not specified, so the evolutionary chronology of these, depending on their state of health, may not be adjusted to reality.
Edvard Munch – schizophrenia and genius of the great norwegian artist
Edvard Munch (Figure 1) (Loten, Norway. 1863-1944, Ekely, Norway), was one of the founding painters of the Expressionist movement.
Together with Henrik Ibsen and Eduard Grieg, make the trio of the greatest Norwegian artists.
It is Munch’s own notes that show us the meaning of his art. At an advanced age he said:
“My fear of life is necessary to me, as is my illness. Without anxiety and illness, I am a ship without a rudder. My art is grounded in reflections over being different from others. My sufferings are part of my self and my art. They are indistinguishable from me, and their destruction would destroy my art. I want to keep those sufferings.”
We can make a parallel between Munch and Van Gogh: both lives marked by pain and anguish and most likely by a bipolar illness that even motivated psychiatric hospitalizations.
Munch was hospitalized several times between 1905 and 1909 for alcoholism associated with hallucinatory productivity, depressed mood, and suicidal ideation.
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If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness or any similar mental health issue then seeking help for it may be a good option.
Mental health issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety can affect anyone of us.
If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run programme may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.
You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.
What we recommend for Schizophrenia
If you have schizophrenia then ongoing professional counselling could be your ideal first point of call. Counselling will allow you to practice various habits that improve your overall quality of life.