Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mr. Cho

Found a new painting today that I couldn't pass up. Very nicely rendered portrait of an Asian man with heavy impasto. Don't know anything about it yet other than that the artist was very good. It's about 10" x 12", and is signed Cho 66. I love finding good art! (click for larger image).

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet - The Art of the Superhero

I was fortunate enough to be asked to loan pieces from my comic art collection to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon for the "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet - The Art of the Superhero" exibit. I have not made it up to the show yet, but aside from my pieces, there are some amazing items on display. The show runs through January 3, 2010. This gallery contains each of the items I have loaned to the museum:

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Fantastic Four 260

Sometimes you see a great piece of art but don't buy it. That was the case with this piece - it had been for sale for a long time with no takers. I knew that if it had sold, I'd have regretted not buying it. So after about 2 years, I finally made it happen. Great decision on my part - it's now one of my favorite John Byrne pieces in my collection! (pencils and inks by John Byrne. click for larger image)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fine Art Collection by Thumbnails

This gallery is arranged to view my fine art collection via thumbnail images. Clicking the thumbnail will take you to the original blog entry for the piece. Once there, you can read my comments about the piece and you can click on the image there for a larger scan. Comments are welcome, so if you have any feedback, let me know.

Tilly Moes - Floral

This is a really fine painting by the artist Tilly Moes (click for larger image). I did some research on the web, and found out this about her:

Sofia Theodora van Driel was born in Dusseldorf (Germany) on September 25th, 1899, the daughter of Johannes Gerardus van Driel and Sophia Adriana van Lammeren. Until her wedding in 1927 she lived with her parents in The Hague, where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts from 1913 - 1918. During the period prior to her wedding she painted "antique" still life subjects. These were dark appearing, complicated compositions with various fruit and flowers. For these she used the pseudonym Tilly Moes. In addition to this she had a position in an office in order to be able to pay the bills.

While browsing the website, I found images of her works. A few of them are strikingly similar to this painting and were probably done around the same time. It looks like it might be the same arrangement of flowers in fact. (see images e-m09 and e-m11):

Portrait of the artist circa 1918

The artist and her husband in thier studio circa 1937

Monday, July 27, 2009

Heeeeeere's Jonni!!

One of my favorite characters from Alan Moore's ABC line of comics was Jonni Future. The reason is simple - Art Adams. Art really pushed himself to a new level while working on the book, and I'm really pleased to have another Jonni piece in my collection. The amount of work he puts into these pinups is just incredible. (Pencils and inks by Art Adams. Click for larger image)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dutch Scene 2

I picked up a pair of very nice paintings by the same artist depicting Dutch canals with houses and lovely scenery. They are both unsigned, and probably date to somewhere between the 1920's through 1940's. Both are on wood panels and are approximately 18 x 24. (click for larger image)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dutch Scene 1

I picked up a pair of very nice paintings by the same artist depicting Dutch canals with houses and lovely scenery. They are both unsigned, and probably date to somewhere between the 1920's through 1940's. Both are on wood panels and are approximately 18 x 24. (click for larger image)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

What I Want Part II

In one of my first blog entries, I submitted a small want list. I'm also looking for any of the three paintings by artist Darrell K. Sweet shown here. They were done for Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant trilogy way back in the late 1970's. From left to right, they are, Lord Foul's Bane, The Illearth War, and The Power That Preserves. I will pay a finder's fee for successful acquisition! (click for larger image)

World's Finest 258 Page


More nostalgia from my early days of comic reading (1979). This was one of the few stories that stood out to me from way back then - likely due to the fact that it was scripted by the great Denny O'Neill. It features two of my favorite DC artists of that time - Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (pencils), and Dick Giordano (inks), and the cover is a classic done by Neal Adams, which depicts the action in panel one (click for larger image)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Fantastic Four 264, pages 13 and 14

More greatness from John Byrne - vintage Fantastic Four pages from 1984!! These pages are from Byrne's "marker" period, which I used to look down on slightly. Recently, I've begun to have a change of heart. I really think this might be some of his best work. The earlier "pen and ink" FF pages certainly have a great line quality to them - they are very tight and crisp, but these later pages have a great energy to them. They're a bit looser, but I think Byrne's storytelling, anatomy, and layouts are better. I guess each period has it's own appeal - I'm glad to have examples of both. (click for larger image)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Art Adams Storm 2

After about 5 years of admiring this piece, I've finally been able to add it to my collection! This was originally done one month after my Art Adams Jonni Future pinup way back in 2004. I'd seen it change hands a few times, and let the last owner know that I wanted it next! I think these pinups that Art has done in the past several years are some of his best. Now I need to go find another one to covet... :) (click for larger image)