The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Trophy of Atlanta”

O/Masonite

Signed L/R (Legare) “Comer Jennings” (1926-2016)

This is a mid-century painting by well-known artist and teacher from Atlanta, GA. By combining both his skill as a still life artist and his interest in the humor and conflation of reality and dream-scape of the surrealists, Jennings presents the eagle-eyed viewer with a variety of Atlanta hallmarks wedged in the ground. The tazza urn, which dominates the foreground is a red herring, showing Jenning’s interest in the misdirective impulse of the Surrealists that preceded him. The real artist effort is instead focused on the background, showing the Coca Cola bottles, a high flying Atlanta Falcon, even a Brave’s face peeking around the wine bottle, surrounded by the racing flags of a motor circuit. This reversal of importance- the background holding significance over the fore is a thoroughly contemporary artistic practice, first pioneered by Pollock in the abstract and then again by Warhol in the figural.

42 in x 35.5 in, original frame, circa 1970

 $1250

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents ” Where Eagles Soar”

O/Canvas

Signed L/R “Hoevel” (Beverly)

After popular American culture decried the rigorously theoretical art of the immediate post-War period, painters took it upon themselves to re-establish the technical and naturalistic styles which had been lost by moving art into an ultra-mimetic style known as photorealism. This excellent example shows how brushstrokes can be blended into perfectly divided rays of light, and even the individual flight feathers of the eagle are articulated with great precision.

37 x 47 original tiered frame circa 1970

$750

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Empire State Building”

O/Canvas

Signed and inscribed on verso, “Dmitri Proshkin”

This twentieth century Russian painter best known for his Impressionistic cityscapes joins the ranks of our special “Not-so-Dead” artists. Proshkin’s images of New York are reminiscent of Childe Hassam and Marsden Hartley’s early work. The open brushwork of this painting encourages hanging strategies which include long vistas, allowing the composition space to come together at distance.

27 x 21 in appropriate silver gilded Italian frame

$675

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Cinco Velas, Costa Brava”

O/Canvas

 Initialed L/L “MR” with BARCELONA canvas stamp, verso

 This mid-century Spanish portscape executed in the quasi-cubic style is clearly influenced by the more controlled, grid-like synthetic cubism of Georges Braque, although it bears a visual resonance with the simplified forms and color palettes of Diego Rivera’s murals.

27.5 in x 33 in, original frame, circa 1960

$750

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “The Koval Kiln”

 Watercolor on acid-free paper mounted on foamcore

Signed L/L “Evelyn MacDonald” ‘

This austere portrait of the old Kolval kilns in the Yakima valley was painted circa 1940-50. Only the cones of the kiln remain this day, ghosts of a formerly active factory. This type of kilns, called beehive kilns could have been used for anything from charcoal, drying plant matter or firing pottery. Although a few extant kilns in the Yakima valley match the shape, most buildings have fallen away, making an accurate identification impossible. This archival treated watercolor will retain its color with more fidelity than a similar non-treated piece.

21 x 29 in period frame

$575

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Le Petit Chemin”

O/Canvas

Signed L/R “Gottfried Lorenz” ( 1860-1928). Charming rural scene depicting the south of France found in  the vicinity of Nice. Lorenz was especially proficient in his representation of country and rural life, seen through the eyes of the Impressionists. Although biographical information is scarce, Herr Lorenz has an impeccable auction record, making appearences in Linz and Vienna, Austria, Rudolstadt, Buxtehude and Konstanz Germany, as well as San Rafael, CA and even Bonham’s in San Francisco. This medium sized piece lends itself to a variety of viewing angles, as Lorenz’s impulse to represent naturalistically gives way to open brushstrokes in clouds, trees and plains.

25 x 35 in, period frame, circa 1915

$1250

 

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Man in Red Striped Shirt”

Encaustic on artist board

L/R “LJ (Lewis J) Miller” (1912-2007)

Now on view in the Grand Bohemian Hotel Gallery

Miller, born in New York City, graduated from City College of New York with his MFA before traveling to Spain in the 1930s. While abroad, Miller was influenced by the theory and art of Pablo Picasso. His portraits of everyday life, city scapes and landscapes of the Catskills were often executed in encaustic, where the paint is suspended in wax, instead of oil. The heavy outlines and brilliant colors achieved through the waxy encaustic endow this piece with a stained glass-like appearence. First used by the Eastern Orthodox church for icon painting, encaustic was embraced by the vanguard of American artists, first Arthur Dove(1880-1946)and most famously Jasper Johns(1930- ), who used its historical resonance as a commentary on the value and sanctity of every day life.

16.5 in x 12.5 in, circa 1935-1940, in earlier frame

$750

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “The Retrieve”

O/Linen

Unsigned 18th C. Sporting Portrait

Either French or English, in original figured wood frame, circa 1790. The style of the sporting portait arose from the limner painters of the 1600s in both England and France who favored flattened perspectives for details such as this woodcock’s feathers to contrast more clearly. The style of these historically untrained painters was eventually adopted by the academy, who found value in the visual pop created by layering a bright detail over neutral fields of color.

 

$950

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Sea, Land and Sky”

O/Canvas laid down on Masonite

Signed L/L “Otee Adams”

Adams, a follower of the Florida Highwaymen, although not officially a part of the art group itself, painted in a style similar to them and has been sold alongside the original ” 26″. This example of outsider art eschews the expensive and time consuming process of stretching and stapling canvas onto wooden frames. Instead the canvas is directly glued onto a masonite board, providing the same structural support that stretching would have without the expense and difficulty.

23.5 x 26 in, original gold tone tiered frame, circa 1980

$650

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