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Drawing by Lewis Smith
Drawing by Lewis Smith
photo
"First Flight"
by Robert E. Gilbert
Three folky frames
Three folky frames by Ray Fisher, "The Rush Creek Bum"
Painting by Robert E. Gilbert
Abstract painting by Robert E. Gilbert
Metal sculpture
Metal sculpture: "Universe"
Halloween collage
Halloween collage by Virginia Love
Aboriginal painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye
Large abstract painting by Aboriginal
artist Kudditji Kngwarreye
Matchstick fishing boat model
Fishing boat model
made from match sticks
Coal cracker model by Jim Popso
Carved folk art assemblage by PA artist Jim Popso
depicting life and history in coal country
Stop Twelve by Lewis Smith
"Stop Twelve" diner by Lewis Smith
Ink, crayon, and marker on a cracker box
Large carving by Hog MattinglyCarving
Two large carvings by
KY artist "Hog" Mattingly
Outsider art concrete faces
Group of concrete and found object faces by outsider artist Betty Davis
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Virginia Love was 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).

Halloween collageThis Halloween collage with a cat, pumpkin, and moon, is built up from layers of construction paper in deep blue, white, black and orange, and measures 8" by 12". The condition is very good, with one very small tear on the extreme right edge. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: VL2. Image ... Closeup ... Back ... Larger image ... Larger back view.

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

Metal sculpture"Universe". Metal sculpture made from roofing tin, acrylics, and automobile glass. 22" x 22" x 10" (with stand, 32" high). 1995. Note that the colors in this piece are very vibrant and strong. They are much more vivid than shown in the photos. The first closeup shows them the best, but even it is somewhat washed out. The price is $5000.00. Inventory Code: KPAA.   Image ... Closeup ... Another view ... A third overall view ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... One side ... The other side ... From an angle behind ... Back ... Closeup of back.

Drawing by Lewis SmithThis is a drawing by Lewis Smith in pencil, crayon, marker, and ballpoint on white paper. It measures 11" by 17", likely from the early 1980's, and is in excellent condition with slight bends at two corners. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: LS223.   Drawing by Lewis Smith ... With a 12" ruler for scale ... Much larger image.

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Stop Twelve by Lewis Smith"Stop Twelve" by Lewis Smith. "Ola Will Box. Any Man. A Carryout Box Lunch.". There is a small signature worked into the cash register. This is part of a series of very detailed diners drawn on the backs of flattened cracker boxes in crayon, markers, and ballpoint pen. They are all about 10" by 17" (with slight variation). The edges of the boxes were cut unevenly, and the original crease lines of the boxes are visible. Crackers were a big part of his diet, and he then recycled the boxes into art. The price is $900.00. Inventory Code: LSC241.   "Stop Twelve" by Lewis Smith ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

 

More Lewis Smith drawings of diners


photo"First Flight", by Robert E. Gilbert. Watercolor and pencil, it measures 10 1/4" by 13 1/2", in a matt 18" by 24". In the 1950's through the 70's REG was a prolific producer and contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines (fanzines). He died in 1993. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: REG 7.   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.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertNext is a tower of stone silhouetted against the sky, with the small figure of a woman in red near the base. It is painted in oil on hardboard, and signed "REG 1969". It is 16" wide by 20" high, in very good condition. There are a few small blotches in the paint on the top edge, but they look to be original. There is some glare in the photos that over emphasizes the texture of the paint. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: REG 106.   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.

If you haven't looked at Gilbert's work in a while, we invite you to visit the large collection we now have on the site. You may be surprised at the variety of styles he produced. REG was a prolific contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines, and an occasional author. In addition, from the 1940's through the 80's he did a lot of non-science fiction art, experimenting with traditional and non-traditional styles. Gilbert lived in Tennessee, and died in 1993. His work expresses the strong sense of the alien. Landscapes are strange and unexpected. Even when humans are depicted, they look eerie somehow, as if they were just one more bizarre species in a weird galaxy.

More Art by Robert E. Gilbert

Three folky framesThis is a set of three frames, graduated in size, made and carved by Ray Fisher of Glen Springs, VA; known as the "Rush Creek Bum". Fisher is featured in Betty Carol Sellen's book "Outsider, Self Taught, and Folk Art (2nd edition).

All the frames are made from pine with thin plywood backs and bases. They are trimmed around the edges with what looks like commercial molding. On the largest frame, Fisher has carved a pair of boots, while on the other two he has carved two upright pieces for each, decorated with chip carving. These have slots in the back in which pictures can be slipped for display. On the one with boots, there are two tacks on the top and knobs on the boots to hold a picture. The sizes of the frames, from small to large are 6 1/8" high by 6 1/4" wide, 6 3/8" high by 6 1/2" wide, and 6 3/4" high by 7" wide. All of the bases are the same depth, just over 2 1/4" deep. They were probably done in the 1950's or '60's and are in excellent condition. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKAS.   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... Label on bottom of one ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Matchstick fishing boat modelThis is a model fishing boat made from match sticks. It has a solid wood bottom, plastic running lights, and thread rigging. Behind the cabin there is a hatch with a removable cover and a ladder going down below the deck. It is signed "Charles Madden © 95", and measures 13 1/2" long by 7" wide by 8 1/2" high. The condition is excellent, with one plastic light missing. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CHCC.   Match stick fishing boat model ... Another angle ... Side view, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above, hatch open ... Another view from above, hatch closed ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Matchstick fishing boat model ... Another angle ... Side view, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above, hatch open ... Another view from above, hatch closed ... From below.

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.

Outsider art concrete faces

Here are eight unusual and folky faces made from concrete and found objects then painted. These were done by Betty Davis, an outsider artist from Gonzales, TX. Each face has its own personality. These were made approximately 1999 and are in excellent condition. They are described and priced individually below.   A photo of the artist ... Larger view of all.

Outsider art concrete faceThis is the largest face. It is painted yellow, blue, and white. It is 19 1/2" high by 15 1/2" wide by about 1 1/2" deep. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCOP.   Largest face ... Side view ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Largest face ... Side view ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis heart-shaped face is painted blue, red, and black, with eyes bulging out and hair standing on end. It is 11" high by 7 1/2" wide by about 2 1/4" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWC.   Blue and red face, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... Back.
Some much larger photos:   Blue and red face, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... Back.

Outsider art concrete faceThis face is painted white, with iridescent green glass eyes. It is 8 1/2" high by 6" wide by about 2 1/2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWH.   White face with green eyes ... Side views ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   White face with green eyes ... Side views ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete facesThis is a plaque with three faces. They have colored beads for eyes. It is 7 1/2" high by 12 1/2" wide by about 2" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CCOS.   Group of three faces ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Group of three faces ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete facesThis is a plaque with three women's faces. Two of them are wearing costume jewelry. It is 8" high by 12" wide by about 1 3/4" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CCWR.   Three faces, with costume jewelry ... Side view ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three faces, with costume jewelry ... Side view ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis face is painted a greenish/gray with blue/gray lips. It has rows of Phillips head screws for eyebrows. It is 11 3/4" high by 6 3/4" wide by about 2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWW.   Gray face, screws for eyebrows ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Gray face, screws for eyebrows ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis face has metal discs for eyebrows, metal watch band teeth, and a tongue of either ceramic or polished stone. It is unpainted except for the lips and measures 14 1/2" high by 9" wide by about 2 3/4" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWO.   Face with metal teeth, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back.
Some much larger photos:   Face with metal teeth, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back.

Outsider art concrete faceThis blue face has darker blue lips and large glass or plastic marbles for eyes. The eyes were painted over, then part of the paint removed in the center. They glow when they catch the light at the right angle. It is 13 1/2" high by 10 wide by about 2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWK.   Blue face with glass eyes ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Blue face with glass eyes ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Aboriginal painting by Kudditji KngwarreyeThis is a large abstract painting in bold colors by Australian Aboriginal artist Kudditji Kngwarreye. The artist is well known in Australia and participated in a number of international exhibitions. He began painting in 1986, and retired in early 2015. It measures 42" by 82", painted in acrylic on unstretched linen, and signed on the back. It will be shipped rolled, unmounted. The price is $4000.00. Inventory Code: CHSP.   Aboriginal painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view ... Back view ... Signature on back ... With a yardstick for scale ... Information sheet about the artist: large file (1.1Mb).
Some much larger photos:   Aboriginal painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view ... Back view ... Signature on back ... With a yardstick for scale ... Information sheet about the artist: large file (1.1Mb).

Large carving by Hog MattinglyThis is a tall and thin carved man by Kentucky artist Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly (1923 - 2003). Like many of his people, it was made from a root or forked branch, with the head, arms, hands, and feet carved separately then attached. The eyes are beads and the hair is foam insulation. The figure was coated with something like gesso and then painted. There is some cracking and loss to the gesso surface, and the base and walking stick have been replaced. It is 42" high by about 9 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" deep, from the last quarter of the 20th c. We have more carvings by Mattingly here. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CTTR.   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Two closeups ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from above ... Closeups of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from the back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Two closeups ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from above ... Closeups of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from the back ... With a soda can for scale.

CarvingThis is a man carved from a forked branch by Kentucky artist Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly (1923 - 2003). He has a cedar walking stick, and is mounted on a slab of log. The hands and feet were carved separately then attached. The eyes and buttons are beads and the hair and beard are foam insulation. The figure was coated with something like gesso and then painted. The condition is very good with some minor cracking and loss to the gesso surface. It is 27" high by about 10 1/2" wide by 12 1/2" deep, from the last quarter of the 20th c. We have more carvings by Mattingly here. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CTTK.   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... More angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of feet ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... More angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of feet ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

 

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