Acclaimed artist thought to be autistic

By on September 8, 2004

Self-taught Idaho folk artist's work now collecting acclaim.
A controversial new biography asserts he was not deaf, but autistic.
James Castle, who died in 1977, had a flirtation with fame in the 1950s, '60s and '70s after a nephew introduced his art to a Portland art-school professor.
When his family pulled back from the art world after his death, Castle fell into obscurity. Though loved by artists and curators, he was little known...

Asperger’s Artist Opens First Show

By on June 19, 2004

BBC News reports "Artist, David Downes, who has Asperger Syndrome - a form of autism - has just opened an exhibition of his urban, architectural and rural landscapes at a London gallery."