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Burnham Harbor

Burnham Harbor

Franklin McMahon (1921 – 2012) was an artist-reporter whose work took him around the world for more than half a century.

His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the National Air and Space Museum (of the Smithsonian Institution), The University of Chicago, The Borg-Warner Corporation, Time Inc., Binghamton University, The New Britain Museum of American Art, George Washington University and many other well known locations.

McMahon won the Renaissance Prize of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Society of Illustrators elected him to its Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Artists Guild of New York chose him as “Artist of the Year” in 1963. His documentary films of several presidential campaigns earned him three Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. He also received the Minority Economic Resources Corporation’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Civil Rights Achievement (2000), and honorary degrees from Loyola University Chicago (1985) and Lake Forest College(1979). He was a part of the guiding faculty of the Famous Artists School and served as a guest instructor at Syracuse University, Rhode Island School of Design and The Smithsonian Institution.

He could be acclaimed as Chicago’s ambassador to the rest of the world. His art says so many complementary things about the city of his birth: The energy, the excitement, the joy its citizens find in their work. The magnificent buildings, the music… even the beautiful lakefront takes on extra buoyancy and life under his gifted hand. A city could not ask for a more loving and flattering portrait and one created by Franklin McMahon.

This short biography only scratches the surface of this great artist’s accomplishments. For more in depth information, please visit Wikipedia, from which this information was obtained.

Burnham Harbor

“Burnham Harbor”, by Franklin McMahon (1921-2912)

On Offer: The work on offer, “Burnham Harbor”, captures the very essence of Chicago. It is one of two original serigraphs from his collection, “MY CHICAGO:AN ARTIST’S TRIBUTE”. It was acquired at Merrill Chase Galleries during the time when we lived in Chicago, around 1978. (Dimensions to follow.)

From the Gallery: Franklin McMahon, The edition consists of:

300 impressions numbered 1/300 to 300/300

50 artist proofs numbered AP 1/50 AP 50/50. 

15 HC proofs numbered in Roman numerals HC I/XV to HC XV/XV

All prints are hand signed by the artist. this is the only addition there are no prior additions this is neither a re-strike nor a posthumous edition. The screens have been destroyed. Printed by the Chicago Serigraph Workshop, Chicago Illinois in November 1978.


Painting back side

Monday through Sunday

Thursday thru Sunday

 Bob Byerley (1941-2019) was an American painter whose specialty is internationally known for his realistic portrayals of children in nostalgic settings; settings that reflect his vision of a “kinder and gentler” childhood. Bob’s work is represented in many beautiful collections and can be seen in thousands of galleries throughout the world.

Thursday through Sunday
Thursday Through Sunday,
by Bob Byerley

This canvas transfer of an original oil painting is No. 148 of a limited edition of only 500 which was published in 1994.  The image size is 24.25: x 32″.

The work has been professionally matted and framed in a beautiful Koa wood frame. Koa is perhaps the most ancient tree species in the Hawaiian Islands and has long been as a high quality wood, prized for its hardness, strength and resistance to water absorption. A certificate of authenticity will be included upon purchase.

As in the Books

Bernard Scholl

Bernard SCHOLL is an artist working in France, with his work represented in two French galleries and four in USA. Since adolescence, he has been interested in traditional painting, and he undertook to study the works of the great masters with the intention of exploring the technique of oil-based paint.

At the beginning of 1980, he registered with Beaux-Arts of Metz, to look further into his knowledge of drawing, still life and the live model. Over a period of ten years, he reproduced the chiaroscuro of Rembrandt, the gallant character and drapery of Boucher and Fragonard, the impetuous horses of Gericault, the youths found in Greuze, and the seasons of Bruegel.

In 1984, during an exhibition at the castle of Luneville (Meurthe et Moselle), he discovered with amazement the living masters of “Trompe-l’oeil”. Earning a Gold Medal among French artists in 1994 and many prizes in the provinces, Bernard SCHOLL was set free from any influence. His search is original by its eternal character. The composition of each one of his paintings is the driving element, the mise-en-scene. Nothing is left random, each detail counts. Sometimes a note of humour slips in.

The dexterity of the artist is without artifice; he succeeds in the same space, with truth and with dream, because the painter of “Trompe-l’oeil” himself not only reproduces reality with an impressive exactitude, but also a lyric poetry. The harmony and poetry must result from the need for alliance between the right gesture and the right time. 

Light is omnipresent in each artwork of Bernard SCHOLL, but it is a light which cherishes what it touches, which bathes the work in silence and serenity. The end result is remarkable in its virtuosity.

Comme dans les Livres

Comme dans les Livres, by Bernard Scholl. (October, 2000)

This work, an original oil on board, is one of his most detailed, down to the spectacles toward the bottom of the image. Particular attention was paid to the pages of the books. According to the artist, it is simply called “Comme dans les Livres” (“As in the Books”). It is written on the red book in the middle of the painting. Completed in October of 2000, the size is approximately 90cm x 70cm (35.4″ x 27.6″).

Comme dans les Livres square

Close up of “Comme dans les Livres” showing book/painting title.

Sunset Cafe

Sunset Cafe

Markus Pierson is an American Artist and Sculptor who started his work life as a bookkeeper. After a near death experience, he told his friends that the bookkeeper was dead and in his place was a man going to become a successful artist. He started the Coyote Series two years later after being inspired by the Joni Mitchell song, “Coyote”. The series was a quick success, and within a year his art was being sold in galleries all over the country.

Sunset Cafe

Sunset Cafe, by Marcus Pierson

“Sunset Cafe” is a 23″ high bright and whimsical work that is sure to find a place in any home or office. Copyrighted in 1990, it is number 342 of an edition of 350 acrylic on wood sculptures. This item was purchased at Merrill Chase Galleries in 1993 and has brought us years of enjoyment. It is in excellent condition, and a Certificate of Authenticity will be included with the sale.

Sunset Cafe Sunset Cafe Signature

Coronation Of Gala

Coronation of Gala

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was a Spanish artist born in Figuera in Northern Spain. His artistic talent was noticed at an early age, leading to his acceptance into the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid. Best known for his later surrealist works, his art journey touched almost every style and media. Some of his early works are actually quite classical and excellently executed.

This original work, “Coronation of Gala”, is a hand signed limited edition (15/150) lithograph on arches paper, c.1976. The series is listed in “The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali“, by Albert Field and is immensely popular with collectors and are therefore difficult to find. Also known as “The Empress”, or “Gala, Empress of the World”, it was purchased in 1976 at Merrill Chase Galleries in Chicago and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. It is hand signed and numbered in white pencil on the image.

Image: 30″ x 21.5″.
Frame: 39.75″ x 31.5″.

This work is framed and behind glass, so please forgive any reflections or shadows in the photograph.

Dali, Coronation of Gala

Coronation of Gala, by Salvador Dali. Framed under glass.

Dali edition number

Painting is No. 15/150.

Dali Signature

Signature

Star Dancers

Star Dancers

Leonard Filgate is an artist of remarkable ability. His training came from life experiences, his own studies of the great masters and his diligence. His innate ability to bring canvas to life is pure magic, as witnessed by the wonderful images such as this. His art is loved and collected worldwide.

He is perhaps best known as the co-creator of the RIP SQUEAK® Brand, which gives him the greatest satisfaction. It may have been sparked by the childhood of his daughter, but it has continued because of his own love for the imaginary, happy world that he is painting. It has long been Leonard’s philosophy that art imitate the best in life, whether it be from reality or from deep within our imagination.

Star Dancers

Star Dancers, by Leonard Filgate

This work, entitled “Star Dancers“,  is a 14h” x 18w” signed giclée on canvas, number 187 of  an edition of only 395. The work is framed and approximate dimensions are 17h” x 21w”. It was purchased at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2005. Certificate of Documentation included with purchase.

Star Dancers - Signature Star Dancers - Framed Star Dancers (back)

The Golfer

The Golfer

Leonard Filgate is an artist of remarkable ability. His training came from life experiences, his own studies of the great masters and his diligence. His innate ability to bring canvas to life is pure magic, as witnessed by the wonderful images such as this. His art is loved and collected worldwide.

He is perhaps best known as the co-creator of the RIP SQUEAK® Brand, which gives him the greatest satisfaction. It may have been sparked by the childhood of his daughter, but it has continued because of his own love for the imaginary, happy world that he is painting. It has long been Leonard’s philosophy that art imitate the best in life, whether it be from reality or from deep within our imagination. 

The Golfer

The Golfer, by Leonard Filgate

The work on offer, entitled “The Golfer“,  is an 14″h x 11″w signed giclée on canvas, number 218 of an edition of only 250. This work was purchased at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2005. It is framed, and the approximate size is 21″h x 18″w. Certificate of Authenticity included with purchase.

Golfer - back The Golfer (framed) The Golfer (signature)

The Train Shop Window

Bob Byerley (1941-2019) was an American painter whose specialty was painting kids and memories of yesterday in Art Prints and Original Paintings for sale. In this painting a couple of little kids are looking into the front window of the towns Toy Train Store, painted in Artwork on sale painted by Bob Byerley “Painter of Our American Childhood”. All prints have been hand signed by the artist.

“When I was a child, one of my most favorite things to do was to go for a ‘family walk’ after supper. Mom, Dad, my little brother and I would walk over to Broadway, our small town “business district“, and leisurely stroll the sidewalks looking in the storefront windows. Each of us had a favorite window. Dad liked the hardware store, Mom loved Hathaway’s Dry Goods, and my little brother would race ahead to the pet store windows and the cocker puppies. My favorite, by far, was ‘The Train Shop’. I would stand and gaze at the beautiful shinny locomotives on display and dream of a huge layout of my own that I would build when I grew up. My family would patiently wait up on the corner until my little brother would run back to pull me along to our final destination of the evening, Carter’s Ice Cream Shop. The chocolate revel was great but if I could have had my way I‘m sure I would halve chosen to spend those extra minutes looking through ‘The Train Shop Window’.” ~ Bob Byerley

Back of Train Store WindowThe Train Shop Window is a limited edition Giclee canvas print of an original oil painting published in 2005. The edition was limited to 295 impressions including 30 Artist Proofs, of which 3 Artist Proofs (17, 18 and 20) are available. Artist Proofs are perhaps the most valued of his collection because he did more on each one than just a signature. He enhances the canvas with oil paints just like someone at the studio does for the signed and numbered canvas, but he adds to it his own style. When you buy an artist proof paper, he does a unique pencil sketch called a “remarque” that is also signed. The Remarque is usually in the lower left corner of the reproduction. AP’s typically runs in shorter runs to keep with tradition. Each item is signed and numbered, personally enhanced by the artist with signature on the reverse, having a 12″ x 16″ image size on a canvas of 17″ x 21.25″. They have never been displayed or framed and have been kept in climate controlled conditions, rolled in the original container since they were purchased in 2005 at a Pacific Fine Art Gallery in Kona, Hawaii.

Below are photographs of all three works (click to enlarge):

Train Shop WindowTrain Shop Window, Artist Proof No. 17/30, by Bob Byerley Train Shop WindowTrain Shop Window, Artist Proof No. 18/30, by Bob Byerley Train Shop WindowTrain Shop Window, Artist Proof No. 20/30, by Bob Byerley

Bergere

Graciela Rodo Boulanger

Graciela Rodó is a Bolivian painter born in La Paz in 1935. She is noted for her artworks featuring stylized renderings of children. Pursuing her dream to be both a great artist and musician, Rodo soon found that time would not permit the necessary devotion to both her passions. At 22, she turned all of her energy to painting. She studied etching and printmaking along with René Carcan under Johnny Friedlaender in Paris.

She married a Frenchman, Boulanger, so that her public name became Graciela Rodo de Boulanger (Spanish) and Graciela Rodó Boulanger (French). In 1966, her artistic ambition began to be realized when she published her first editions of engravings and first exhibited in the United States. In 1979, UNICEF designated her official artist for the International Year of the Child poster, and two of her tapestries were presented in the hall of the UN General Assembly.

The above information is taken from Wikipedia. Read more…

Graciela Rodo BoulangerThe work on offer is framed and mounted in a museum style, between glass. Dimensions of the frame are 31.75″ x 39″, ; image, 22″ x 30″. It is a hand signed lithograph, number 98 of an edition 100. It has pleasing colours, most likely a watercolour, and is much more muted than shown in the photograph. The back of the work appears to be covered with a backing, so it is impossible to determine if anything is written on it without taking apart the frame.

Graciela Rodo Boulanger SignatureGraciela Rodo Boulanger Edition

Best Medicine

Best Medicine

Leonard Filgate is an artist of remarkable ability. His training came from life experiences, his own studies of the great masters and his diligence. His innate ability to bring canvas to life is pure magic, as witnessed by the wonderful images such as this. His art is loved and collected worldwide.

He is perhaps best known as the co-creator of the RIP SQUEAK® Brand, which gives him the greatest satisfaction. It may have been sparked by the childhood of his daughter, but it has continued because of his own love for the imaginary, happy world that he is painting. It has long been Leonard’s philosophy that art imitate the best in life, whether it be from reality or from deep within our imagination. 

Best Medicine

Best Medicine, by Leonard Filgate.

This work, entitled “Best Medicine“,  is a 15.5h” x 19.5″w signed giclée on canvas, number 281 of  an edition of only 395. This work is framed, and approximate dimensions are 19.5h” x 23.25″w.  It was purchased at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2005. Certificate of Authenticity included with purchase.

Best Medicine Signature Best Medicine (framed) Golfer - back