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Big Jack, by Alva Gene Dexhimer
"Big Jack", painting on cardboard
by Alva Gene Dexhimer
Pops Hideout
"Pops Hideout" by Lewis Smith
Memory jug by Mr. Imagination
Memory jug by Mr. Imagination
with sandstone carvings
Sci-fi art
Outer Space art
by Robert E. Gilbert
spaceship art
Outer Space art
by Robert E. Gilbert
Howard Finster clock case
Howard Finster
clock case
Finster clock case
Finster clock case
Howard Finster clock case
Howard Finster clock case
Robert E. Gilbert
Spaceship and astronaut
by Robert E. Gilbert
Spaceship
"Spaceship Bob" by
Robert E. Gilbert
The Prophet
Painting "The Prophet"
by Caroline Goe
LS116
Drawing by Lewis Smith
Tough Cowgirls
"Tough Cowgirls" by Lewis Smith
Woman with ladder
Woman with ladder
by Lewis Smith
Haitian painting
A Caribbean folk art painting
Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi
Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi
Carving by Unto Jarvi
Carved man with dog
by KY artist Unto Jarvi
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Painting of Miles Davis
Painting on roofing metal
of Miles Davis
Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacher
Three detailed carvings with lots of personality by Jack Eichbaum of TN
Carved band by Mattingly
One of two carved bands by "Hog" Mattingly
Carved band
Another carved band by "Hog" Mattingly
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Big Jack, by Alva Gene DexhimerThis is "Big Jack", by the late Alva Gene Dexhimer. Painted in acrylic on cardboard, the piece itself is 20 1/2" wide by 18" high. It is framed, under glass. The overall size of the frame is 22 3/4" by 20 1/2". This painting was purchased from artist. There are labels on the back relating to this and the original collectors. It was probably painted in the 1970's or early 80's, prior to his death in 1984. The artist used a piece of found cardboard, which has two very small nail holes, top and bottom. You can read a short biography of Dexhimer here. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: TRSR.   "Big Jack", by Alva Gene Dexhimer ... Closeup of image ... Closer view, upper left ... Lower left ... Upper right ... Lower right ... Side view ... Back view of the painting ... Back of the frame ... Closeup of label on back ... Second label ... With a soda can for scale.

Memory jug by Mr. ImaginationThis is a memory jug elaborately decorated by Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack). It is covered with found objects including lots of his sandstone carvings, doll arms and legs, plastic dinosaur and spider, bottle caps, and much more. The stone carvings depict Indian heads, Egyptian designs, bearded men, eyes, hands, "CHI" "CAGO", and a heart painted "I Love You". There are also a couple of small wood plaques he painted with scarabs and other Egyptian motifs. It is signed with paint on the bottom, and with a sandstone carved "Mr. I" embedded on one side. It was built over a gallon size glass jug, and measures 12 1/2" high by about 6 1/2" in diameter. The condition seems to be excellent. There is a small area at the bottom that is not decorated, but it looks to us like it was never covered in the first place. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CTTS.   See a slideshow of several views [745k] ... Memory jug by Mr. Imagination ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Memory jug by Mr. Imagination ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Science fiction artOuter space artPaintings and drawings by the late Robert E. Gilbert (REG) of Jonesboro, TN. In the 1950's through the 70's REG was a prolific producer and contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines (fanzines); in addition to publishing a few stories.

The work for the fanzines were pen and ink, but he also did a large number of sci-fi and outer space paintings in oil, pastels, and water color. In addition, from the 1940's through the 80's he experimented and painted in many other more traditional and non-traditional styles. He died in 1993. We have acquired the full remaining body of his work, over 400 pieces, from his estate. You can also see more of REG's work on his home page.

spaceshipThis is a spaceship and alien landscape, painted by REG in oil on canvas. It is very detailed, with thickly textured paint built up in dots. A "G" signature is almost hidden in one corner. The condition is excellent, and it measures 12" by 18", in a frame 14 1/2" by 18 3/4". The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: REG 10.   Overall image ... Close-up.

Robert E. GilbertSpaceship and astronaut on alien planet, by Robert E. Gilbert. Crayon on colored, textured paper, dated December 26, 1982, signed Ernie Gil. It is 9 7/8" high by 12 3/4" wide, in excellent condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: REG66.   Image. See more of REG's other worlds.

Spaceship BobSpaceship "Bob", by Robert E. Gilbert (REG) This pen and ink on posterboard measures 11" by 14", is probably from the 70's, and is in excellent condition. The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: REG4.   Image.

Sci-fi artA spaceship flying over an eerie, cratered landscape. Drawn in wonderful color with crayons or pastels on heavy paper, like cardstock. The paper is not cut exactly square. 11" by 13 3/4", initialed and dated 1983. The condition is very good. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: REG 84.   Sci-fi art ... Back.

More work by Robert E. Gilbert

Lewis Smith lived most of his life alone in the woods of Ohio; drawing, writing, and painting on paper, cardboard, and the walls of his house and buildings. His work reflects his preoccupation with muscular women (especially boxers and wrestlers), trains, time, and money. Lewis Smith passed away in 1998. He was in his mid 90's, living in a nursing home. He was reclusive, refusing to speak to almost anyone. When he left his home years ago, the only things he wanted to take were some of his drawings. He decided to let them go shortly before his death. We have over 400 pieces. Sample illustrations available by mail or on his web site.

Lewis Smith's work was included in the show and book "ABCD: A Collection of Art Brut".

Pops Hideout "Pops Hideout" is one of Lewis Smith's diners, drawn in pen, marker, and crayon on a cracker box. Crackers were a big part of his diet, and he then recycled the boxes into art. It measures about 10" by 17". The price is $1100.00. Inventory Code: LSC169.   Image ... Back.

More Lewis Smith diners on cracker boxes


LS116"Pumpkin Vine Hill", by Lewis Smith. Crayon, ballpoint, marker, and pencil on white paper, 11" by 17". The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: LS116.   Image.

More Lewis Smith drawings with animals


Woman with ladderA sample image of several 11" by 17" ink, marker, and crayon drawings on paper. One is drawn on both sides. They show women flexing their muscles, and wrestling with each other and/or with animals. Many have moons or numbers. The price is $750.00. Inventory code: LS22.   Image.

More Lewis Smith drawings on white paper


Tough Cowgirls"Tough Cowgirls", by Lewis Smith. Crayon, ink, and marker on the separated top layer of corrugated cardboard, 27" by 27". This was pulled out of Smith's collapsed house - the condition is fair, with some creasing, dirt, and a few small punctures. He did very few large drawings. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: 67LS.   Image ... Close-up ... Another close-up.

More Lewis Smith large drawings on cardboard


Lewis Smith sketchThis is a two sided drawing by Ohio artist Lewis Smith (1907 - 1998). One side has a woman and a heart, the other side has several sketches including a woman holding a sign that says "See Alliance First". It is one of a series he did in ballpoint ink on 9" by 12" sketch paper. Like the others in this series, it is slightly yellowed and has a pinhole in one side. Lewis preferred to use recycled and imperfect materials in his art - it reflected the value he saw in everyday objects that others discarded. You can see much more of his work, see some of the other sketches in this series, or find out about his life. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: LS140.   Lewis Smith sketch ... The other side.

More Lewis Smith ink sketches


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Howard Finster clock caseThis is a clock case made by the Rev. Howard Finster, with nice painted decoration. It has the original, working clock and original print, and is stamped "Jesus Saves" on the back. It is carved, layered, and painted. The condition is almost excellent, it does have a small scuff on the top of the crest. It measures 22 1/2" high by 15" wide by 4" deep. Finster made these clock cases in the 1960's, embossing the designs with dies he made himself. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: AKKW.   Howard Finster clock case ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of bottom ... Back ... "Jesus Saves" stamp on back ... Another angle.

Finster clock caseThis is a large and colorful clock case made by Howard Finster, with ink stampings of his name and address on the back. It has very good form, scalloped carving, impressed circles (from a little machine he made), and turned vertical supports in the front. It is in almost perfect condition, except that the very top of the crest has been broken. (This could be rounded easily). The top appliqued "flower" is painted red, green, and white, and around the center are diamonds highlighted in green paint. The print of the roses and the back cardboard are original. The case is 20 1/4" high, 18" wide, and 3 1/2" deep. The surface is a medium brown varnish. It was probably made about the 1960's, and overall, one of the nicer Finster cases around. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: ARCK.   Howard Finster clock case ... Closeup of painted detail ... Top half ... Lower half ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

Howard Finster clock caseThis is a clock case made by the Rev. Howard Finster in the 1960's. It has carved, embossed decoration, and the original, working clock. Below the clock is a picture of Jesus behind glass, and on the back he wrote "Jesus Saves" in pencil. The very top was chipped on the back at one time, and then filled. Otherwise the condition is excellent. It measures 21 1/4" high by 14" wide by 4 1/2" deep. The price is $900.00. Inventory Code: TPAC.   Howard Finster clock case ... Closeup of upper section ... Closeup of lower section ... Closeup of very top ... Side view ... The other side ... "Jesus Saves" ... Back ... Closeup of top from back.

Caroline Goe paintingThis painting is titled "The Prophet", by Caroline Goe. Oil on paper, it measures 8 1/2" by 12 1/2" as matted, the frame is 13 3/4" by 17". The artist is a street person in New York City who works mainly with scrounged materials. This piece was painted prior to 1986, and is in excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: PWWO.   Image

Haitian paintingHere is a folk painting from either Haiti or the Dominican Republic. It was done in water color on artists board and is in a metal frame under glass. Signed "Jack '88", it is of a local store with the name Col. Miguel over one door. The image size of the painting is 9 3/4" high by 13 1/2" wide. The frame is 16 1/4" by 20 1/4". The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: KPPC-8.   Watercolor street scene ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back.

Flag raising carving by Unto JarviHere are two carved assemblages by Unto Jarvi. He was a Kentucky folk artist who was born in Finland and came to the U.S. as a child. After his retirement in 1971 he painted and carved his "Jarvi's Little People" to depict his history and way of life. His work was part of the exhibition "Kentucky Spirit: The Naive Tradition" at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in 1991. Jarvi died that same year.

This first scene is a group of three men raising the flag. An older white-haired man is holding the lines to the flagpole. Watching him are a sunburned man in overalls who is holding a hoe, and an African-American man wearing a hard hat. Each man and the flagpole was carved separately then mounted on a plywood and pine base, which has a burned signature "Jarvi 1986". The figures range from 6" to 6 1/2" high, and the overall height is 17". The base is 10" by 10 3/4". The condition is excellent, with a few small scuff marks on the base. The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CTAS.   See a slideshow of several views [685k] ... Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... A third view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... From above ... Closeup of signature from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... A third view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving by Unto JarviThis second carving by Unto Jarvi is a man walking with a dog. He is carrying a bundle over his shoulder like a hobo. The man and dog are next to a picket fence. A tree with individually carved leaves is on the other side of the fence, and delicately carved flowers at their feet. The bundle is made of cloth. The bottom of the base is signed "Jarvi 1975" in pencil. Overall, the scene is 11 1/4" high by 8" wide by 4" deep. The flowers have lost some of their petals, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTHS.   See a slideshow of several views [547k] ... Carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving of man with cow by Mr. BenjaminThis is a wonderful, strange, and old carved assemblage of a man leading a cow, by an African-American named Mr. Benjamin, who lived in South Georgia. Here is a photo of him. There is little more information on this apparently untrained artist. It has an odd sensibility combining out of perspective elements with a quirky sense of humor. The man's face is very expressive, which does not show well in the photos. The cow is sticking out its tongue. It is carved from softwoods and walnut. It is about 13" long by 8" high by 3 1/2" deep. The surface is finished with several color of paint and varnish. It is from the 1920's or 30's, in very good condition. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CAWW.   See a slideshow of several views [633k] ... Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

Painting of Miles DavisThis is a striking folk art painting of the jazz musician Miles Davis done on used galvanized roofing metal. In it, he is playing a stylized trumpet. In the opening of the bell are the words "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" one of his compositions recorded in 1968. Jazztimes says the title was a reference to Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile". The painting is quite impressive, between the strong colors and the large size: 4 feet high by 28" wide. Condition is very good with small rust "dots" on the surface of the used roofing incorporated as part of the colors of the painting and about 5 holes from nails. It is an anonymous piece, dated on the back '01. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTKR.   See a slideshow of several views [760 k] ... "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" painting on metal ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup, upper back ... Date on back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" painting on metal ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup, upper back ... Date on back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacherHere are three detailed carvings with lots of personality. There is a preacher, a fiddler, and two men playing checkers. Each is painted, and signed "Jack Eichbaum". Eichbaum lived in Chattanooga, TN and carved for many decades until his death in 2010. He was a member of the Southern Highlands Craft guild.   All three carvings together ... Larger photo.

The first two men are seated on crates, playing checkers on top of a barrel. Their faces and clothes are very lifelike. The carving is 5 1/4" high by 3 3/8" by 6 7/8", in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTH.   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

The fiddle player has a long mustache, and is seated with one foot propped on his chair. The whole carving, including the chair and base is made from a single piece of wood. It is 5 5/8" high by 2 1/4" side by 4 7/8" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTO.   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

The African-American preacher is caught in mid-sermon, gesturing over his Bible. He stands 5 3/8" tall by 1 7/8" wide by 3 3/4" deep. The condition is excellent except for a small chip off of his finger. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CCTW.   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
 

Carved band by MattinglyHere are four carved musicians by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly. They are coated with gesso, painted, and decorated, with beads for eyes. The women have hair made from polyurethane spray foam insulation, ribbons, fabric skirts, and plastic necklaces. The men's hair is made from glued sawdust, and they have painted clothes with felt hats and braid belts. Each is mounted on a round wood base 11" in diameter; they are unsigned. They range in size from 28 1/2" to 32" tall. They are in good condition with slight cracking and minor surface loss as seen in the photos. They woman in the floral skirt is missing one hand. Mattingly was from Kentucky, and carved from the early 1980's until his death in 2003. We have a similar, smaller group of musicians by him below. The price is $550.00 for the group. Inventory Code: CTTO.   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carved bandThis is a group of four carved musicians playing guitar, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. The men have painted clothes, cloth bandannas, felt hats, and hair made from glued on sawdust. The women have cloth skirts, ribbons, plastic necklaces, and hair made from painted polyurethane spray foam insulation. This assemblage was made by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly of Kentucky, who carved from the early 1980's until his death in 2003. The base is signed "Hog's Hobbies L Mattingly". It measures 21 1/2" high by 33 1/2" wide by 7" deep, in very good condition. There is some slight cracking around the shoulder of the bass player, visible in the third closeup photo. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCAO.   See a slideshow of several views [855k] ... Carved band ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup of two figures ... The other two figures ... Third closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup of two figures ... The other two figures ... Third closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.

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