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SurfingInternational ArchitectureDiamond Head
Several Art Deco woodblock prints by John Farleigh
Al G. Barnes Circus
"Al G. Barnes Circus", by Lewis Smith
Big Jack, by Alva Gene Dexhimer
"Big Jack", painting on cardboard
by Alva Gene Dexhimer
Painting of Miles Davis
Painting on roofing metal
of Miles Davis
spaceship art
Outer Space art
by Robert E. Gilbert
photo
"First Flight"
by Robert E. Gilbert
Portuguese fisherman painting
One of four Portuguese fisherman paintings
Liberty drawing
Liberty drawing on an envelope
Stamp picture
Picture from cut stamps
Tough Cowgirls
"Tough Cowgirls" by Lewis Smith
Intricate veneer decorated table top
Intricate veneer decorated table top
Watercolor
Winter scene watercolor
Painting
WWII Painting
Drawing
"Evils of the World"
by Joseph Martin
The Prophet
Painting "The Prophet"
by Caroline Goe
VL9
Cut Paper Collage
watercolor of a sunset, with a poem
Watercolor of a sunset, with a poem
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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.

  SurfingHere are several wonderful, original Art Deco wood engraving prints done in the 1920's and 30's by John Farleigh. Farleigh was a noted English artist who died in 1965. His work is in several major museums and has been catalogued. Among many other achievements, Farleigh also did illustrations for books, including some of the work of George Bernard Shaw. The pieces we have are all printed on cream colored paper, signed and dated in pencil by the artist, professionally matted, and in stainless steel finished wood frames. The frames were hard to photograph due to reflections but look very nice. These are in excellent condition and are striking visual images. They are priced at $500.00 each.

"Surfing" is signed and dated 1937. The image size is approximately 7 1/2" by 5 3/4". The frame is 17" by 14" overall. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: TCAS.   "Surfing" by John Farleigh ... Overall, with frame ... Closeup.

Diamond Head"Diamond Head", a wood engraving print. Signed and dated 1933. The image size is approximately 6 3/4"by 5 1/4". The frame is 16 1/2" by 12 3/4" overall. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: TCAP.   "Diamond Head" by John Farleigh ... Overall, with the frame ... Closeup of detail.

International Architecture"Cover", a wood engraving print. This image was used as the front cover of the catalogue to the Centenary Exhibition of the Royal Institute of British Architects, (London, 1934). Signed and dated 1934. The image size is approximately 7 1/2" by 5 1/2". The frame is 16 1/4" by 12 3/4" overall. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: TCAT.   "International Architecture" by John Farleigh ... Overall, with frame ... Closeup of detail.

VL9A construction paper collage of ship at night; it was made by Virginia Love in the 1940's. We have more art by Virginia Love. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL9. Image.

watercolor of a sunset, with a poemA watercolor of a sunset, with a poem, by Virginia Love. It measures 9" by 12", c. 1940's, and is signed on the reverse. The paper is slightly yellowed, and there are two small tears and some minor creasing in the right hand margin. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: APRW. Image.

We have a selection of works by Lewis Smith, who was a reclusive, eccentric artist from Ohio. He lived alone most of his life in a house in the woods, drawing and painting on paper, cardboard, and his walls, and passed away in 1998. The two themes of most of his work are trains (his father worked for a railroad) and lady wrestlers. These pieces were done some years ago.

See more of his work and life or visit his home page. Some samples of what we have are:

Al G. Barnes Circus"Al G. Barnes Circus" is one of several 11" by 17" ink, marker, and crayon drawings on white paper. They show women flexing their muscles, and wrestling with each other and/or with animals. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: LS34.   Image.

More 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 on cardboard


More of Lewis Smith's art

Intricate veneer decorated table topNot a painting, but this incredible piece of folk art is a table top decorated with layers upon layers of finely cut and appliqued veneer woods. The effect is something like painting or inlay, but the individual pieces are glued over each other instead of being set in. All the colors are from the various shades of wood used. The design includes the words "Bless This House O Lord We Pray Amen". The surface has a clear, glossy finish with slight texture from the layers of veneer. It is 36" in diameter by 1" thick, with screw eyes on the back for hanging.

The table top itself is probably from the early 1900's, with a partial label on the back from a New York City shop. The age of the decoration is unknown, but looks to be approximately mid-20th c. There is a signature that appears to have been applied with a rubber stamp. There are a few very small places where bits of veneer are loose or chipped, and one piece where the finish is lost, as seen in the closeup photos. Overall, the condition is excellent and it is a striking and unique piece. The price is $1800.00. Inventory Code: CCOA.   Intricate veneer decorated table top ... Closeup of the center ... "Bless This House" ... "O Lord We Pray" ... Closeup with signature ... Closeup of loss ... Side views ... Back view ... Label on back ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Intricate veneer decorated table top ... Closeup of the center ... "Bless This House" ... "O Lord We Pray" ... Closeup with signature ... Closeup of loss ... Side views ... Back view ... Label on back ... With a yardstick for scale.

Stamp pictureHere is a small picture made primarily from cut up stamps and highlighted with pen and ink. The scene is the interior of a room with two chairs, fireplace, wall paintings, and more. This is probably about 30-35 years old, with some of the stamps being a bit older. It is marked on the back: "Francisceines Missionnaires de Maire, Quebec". We have had a couple other ones done by them; so apparently this mission made stamp pictures to raise funds. The painting is in excellent condition, with a tear to the backing paper of the frame. The frame is 3 1/8" by 4 1/8". The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: ATKA. Image.

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.

Paintings 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 at least one story in a SF pulp.

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.

Space scene 

This is a spaceship and alien landscape, painted in oil on canvas, by the late Robert E. Gilbert. 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.

Alien painting 

"First Flight, by Robert E. Gilbert. This very detailed watercolor illustrates some of his ongoing themes. 10 1/4" by 13 1/2", in a mat 18" by 24", watercolor and pencil. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: REG7. Image.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertHere is an abstract oil on canvas with wooden stretchers, unframed. It measures 28" high by 16" wide by 3/4" deep. The paint is applied with strong, textured brush strokes. It is signed "REG 1959". There is some slight wear on the corners and a few tiny flakes missing on the right hand edge. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: REG 101.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

More Outer Space Art by Robert E. Gilbert.

Envelope artThis is a drawing done in red and black ink on the envelope of a first day issue of a stamp. It is a patriotic theme with an eagle, flag, and shield marked "Liberty". The envelope is cancelled June 8, 1963, "Stamporee Convention Station, Bradenton, FLA". The 6 3/4 envelope is unused except for the cancellation mark and in excellent condition. The size is 6 1/2" by 3 5/8". We have several more envelopes decorated by the same hand with various motifs. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: ACCH. Image.

Watercolor by CD LoveWatercolor by CD Love. There is a sprig of flowers painted on the reverse. It is 6" by 9", in very good condition, the paper is slightly yellowed. From St. Louis area, probably 1940's. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: APRH.   Image.

This is an oil painting, on unstretched canvas, of a W.W.II era graveyard. Rows of white crosses, surrounded by red poppies, recede into the distance. In the background are ruined buildings, rows of barbed wire, cannons, and explosions, as bombers fly overhead. Probably painted during or shortly after the war, it is unsigned. There is a 3" tear in the bottom edge, and two small nail holes at the top, where it was probably hung once. It is 44" high by 71" wide, rectangular: not skewed as it looks in the photo. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: PKOC.   Image.

This crayon drawing by Joseph Martin illustrates the evils of the world. It includes cards, dice, a fetus, drugs, gun, a tombstone, and a Bible with a padlock through it surrounding a brain. It is 6" by 8 1/4", in excellent condition. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: POKO.   Image.

This 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.

Portuguese fisherman painting
Here are four folky paintings of various scenes of activities set on the ocean shore of the same area. All are oil on canvas and mounted, stretched, on wood frames. These are all signed "Paulino", and on the rear of some is the stamp "Antonio Moreira Paulino, Pintor Plastico, Turquel 2460 Alcobaca, Portugal". Three are the same size, 13 3/4" wide by 10 1/4" high, while one is smaller - being about 10 5/8" wide by 8" high. They were likely tourist pieces and done in the middle 1900's. The smaller one has a small tear in the canvas that has been taped from the back, otherwise they are in very good condition. Inventory Code: CCSC.

A. The small painting: A scene of a fisherman pulling a line - $125.00.
B. 1 person leading 4 oxen, with a boat in the surf - $150.00.
C. Several people in a rowboat - $150.00.
D. 8 people pulling a net - $150.00.

See a slideshow of several views [797k] ... Portuguese fisherman painting ... Back view ... Second painting ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Third painting ... Back view ... Fourth painting ... Back view ... All four, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Portuguese fisherman painting ... Back view ... Second painting ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Third painting ... Back view ... Fourth painting ... Back view ... All four, with a soda can for scale.

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