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The Jitney Corner by Lewis Smith
"The Jitney Corner" by Lewis Smith
Fred Bowerman carving
Carved "fidget stick"
by Fred Bowerman
Carving of preacher
Carving of a preacher
by Jack Eichbaum of TN
Sci-fi art
Outer Space art
by Robert E. Gilbert
Folky carving
Folky carved bust
Sketch by Lewis Smith
Framed sketch by Lewis Smith
Coal cracker model by Jim Popso
Carved folk art assemblage by PA artist Jim Popso
depicting life and history in coal country
Saxonphoto
Collage and painting by Virginia Love
Painting by Robert E. Gilbert
Portrait by Robert E. Gilbert
Robert E. Gilbert
Spaceship and astronaut
by Robert E. Gilbert
Spaceship
"Spaceship Bob" by
Robert E. Gilbert
LSC220
"Gin on Gingers Chin", by Lewis Smith
Tough Cowgirls
"Tough Cowgirls" by Lewis Smith
spaceship art
Outer Space art
by Robert E. Gilbert
Haitian painting
A Caribbean folk art painting
Painting by Dolly Mills Petyarre
Australian Aboriginal Painting
by Dolly Mills Petyarre
Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clock
Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clock
Benny Carter birdhouse
Benny Carter birdhouse
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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.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertThis very vivid and detailed portrait of a woman with a wild background is painted in gouache or watercolor on heavy paper. It is signed "REG 1971", measures 18" by 24", and is in excellent condition with very faint foxing visible only on the back. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: REG 104.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertThis is a very detailed scene of a barn and surrounding landscape, painted in gouache or watercolor on heavy paper. It is 18" high by 24" wide, signed "REG 1971", and is in excellent condition with faint foxing visible only on the back. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: REG 105.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup of detail, signature ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup of detail, signature ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

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".

The Jitney Corner by Lewis Smith"The Jitney Corner" diner by Lewis Smith, drawn in ballpoint, marker and crayon on the back of a flattened cracker box. It measures approximately 16 1/4" by 9 3/4", in excellent condition. The price is $1100.00. Inventory Code: LSC244.   "The Jitney Corner" by Lewis Smith ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

 

More Lewis Smith drawings of diners


LSC220
"Gin on Gingers Chin", by Lewis Smith. Crayon and marker on white paper, about 12" by 18". The price is $900.00. Inventory Code: LSC220.   Image.

More Lewis Smith drawings on white paper


Drawing by Lewis Smith"Is Your Desire In Focus" "When your train moves you move with it When your brain moves your thoughts talk". This is one of many intricate combinations of drawing and writings on panels cut from brown paper grocery bags. The more you look at the detail the more impressive they become. It is approximately 12" by 17". The price is $600.00. Inventory code: LS206.   One side ... Reverse.
Some much larger photos:   One side ... Reverse.

More Lewis Smith writings on brown paper bags


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 $2900.00. Inventory Code: 67LS.   Image ... Close-up ... Another close-up.

More Lewis Smith large drawings on cardboard


Sketch by Lewis SmithThis is a framed drawing of four women wrestling by Lewis Smith. It is done in pencil, ink, and crayon on paper from a sketch pad. The paper has yellowed somewhat with age. The sketch pad was pierced through, so there is a small hole on the left edge, and also a small tear in the upper right corner. It is mounted in a green wooden frame with a sliver missing from the upper right. The sketch itself measures 11 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" high, and the frame is 14 3/4" by 11 3/4". It is from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: LS227.   Sketch by Lewis Smith ... In the frame.

More sketches by Lewis Smith


Sketch by Lewis SmithThis is a framed drawing of two women wrestling by Lewis Smith. It is done in pencil, ink, and crayon on paper from a sketch pad. The paper has yellowed somewhat with age. There is some slight foxing, and the cover of the pad left a faint reddish area on the left side. The sketch pad was pierced through, so there is a small hole on the left edge, and also a small tear in the upper margin. It is mounted in a green wooden frame. The sketch itself measures 11 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" high, and the frame is 14 3/4" by 11 3/4". It is from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: LS229.   Sketch by Lewis Smith ... In the frame.

Lewis Smith's Home Page     More Art by Lewis Smith     His Folk Art Environment

 
Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoHere is a folk art assemblage by Pennsylvania artist James (Jim) Popso (1922 - 1998). The son of a coal miner, his wonderfully detailed work depicts life in the mines and mine towns with a real sense of history. You can read about Popso and his art here. This piece is a model of a coal cracker that breaks up the larger chunks into more manageable sizes. There is a carved operator sitting on the front with his shovel, his mallet is behind him. When you turn the crank on the side you can see the crushing mechanism in the top move. There are two rubber flaps covering the chutes where the crushed coal would exit. Flat surfaces on the front and sides are covered with tiny, detailed scenes of the town of Eckley, PA. It is signed "By J. Popso, son of a coal miner, Hazleton, PA". One of the things Popso did in his work as a welder was to build these coal crackers.

The model is mostly wood, with pieces of coal, and some cardboard underneath. It measures 21 1/2" long by 7" wide by 13" high, and is in very good condition. It was featured in the article in the Spring, 1995 issue of Pennsylvania Folklife linked above. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: CAKO.   Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.

SaxonHere is a collage by Virginia Love: a girl who lived in St.Louis, MO. in the 1940's. Most of her work was done in watercolor. Some was cutout paper collage, and some pen and ink sketches. Her work reflects her time (wartime rationing, period advertising), her surroundings (watercolor landscapes and still lifes), and her studies (Latin, geometry). You can see more of her art here. "Saxon" is onstruction paper collage after a Saxon motorcar advertisement. It measures 9" wide by 12" high, and is in generally very good condition. There are a few tiny splits and wrinkles in the border/backing paper which do not go into the image. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL12. Image ... Signature on back.

photo"Program for Washington's Birthday", by Virginia Love. It is watercolor and ink on paper, 9" by 12", in good condition with some edge creases, c. 1940's, from St.Louis. On the back is a pencil sketch. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: VL16. Image ... Back ... Larger Image ... Larger Back.

 

   More art by Virginia Love

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.

Painting by Dolly Mills PetyarreThis is is an untitled Australian Aboriginal painting by Dolly Mills Petyarre (b. 1948). This unusual work is on unstretched canvas 27 3/4" by 27 1/2". The image inside the border is 24" by 24". It is in excellent condition with a few small paint drops in the black area outside the painted portion. It is signed but not dated. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CRWO.   Painting by Dolly Mills Petyarre ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clockThis is a Benny Carter Lady Liberty, Statue of Liberty clock. It is very well made, with good painting, decoration, and writing both on the front and back. The clock has 2 brass finials; hand carved, painted, and applied wooden rosettes; cut and applied smaller Lady Liberty pieces on the bottom support; 4 applied mirrors; wooden spool spacers; a hand painted "button" scene of New York; and a series of painted yellow cabs. Writing on the front includes his signature, and "Come up and see me sometime". On the back it is signed again, and is written "Carter Clock Co. Mayodan, N. C.", as well as the statement "Time is running out for the Slotin Nights people in the dark". The clock stands 54 1/2" high by 18" wide by 5" deep. It has a hanger on the back. Overall the piece is in excellent condition. However, at this time the clock does not run. It needs a pendulum and key to wind the mechanism. The age is unknown. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CRTH.   Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clock ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of smaller figures ... Back view ... Closeup, upper back ... Closeup of clockwork ... Closeup, lower back ... Back view, from side ... Back, other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Benny Carter birdhouseThis is a fairly large Benny Carter birdhouse. Done in the form of an apartment building, the house has 5 openings for birds, a shingled roof topped with 2 red chimneys, a porch roof - also shingled, and a porch with 2 vertical supports for its roof. On one side is written "John 3:16", while on the other is "Jesus Saves". On the back is "Love Your Mother". The birdhouse is in very good used condition with some appropriate wear from being outside. The paint is generally strong, however there is some loss and flaking on the chimneys and the bottom of the front porch. It is 39 1/2" high by 22" wide, by 9 1/2" deep. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CRAS.   Benny Carter birdhouse ... Another angle ... Third view ... Two side views ... Back view ... Closeup, upper ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup, from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

More by Benny Carter

Fred Bowerman carvingThis is a branch with a very amusing, expressive face carved into one end. The other end was cut off, the wood hollowed out, and a ball put inside. The end was then replaced carefully, so that only a thin seam shows. When the stick is tilted back and forth, the ball inside rolls with a heavy clicking sound. It's fun to fidget with. Most of the branch has a natural surface, with traces of the bark remaining; the face is painted. It measures 6 1/2" long by 1 7/8" high by 1 3/4" wide and is signed and dated "Fred Bowerman Aug. 8, 1990". The condition is very good, with a couple of small splits in the wood. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKSP.   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].

Carving of preacherThis is a detailed carving of an African-American preacher caught in mid-sermon, gesturing over his Bible. It 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. The carving 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.
 

Folky carvingThis is a very folky and unusual carved head and bust of a man. It is painted brown and tan, with big red lips and black highlights, then covered with varnish. This strange piece is approximately 8 1/4" high and about 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" at the base. The age is unknown. It likely was made in the last quarter of the 20th c. The condition is very good with some slight paint loss. There is glue residue on the bottom. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHOP.   Folky carving ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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