Vintage mid century oil painting on board titled “Gloria” by Anthony Melnikas depicts a woman reclining and reading a book. This painting has fabulous texture with thick strokes of paint in tones of orange, green, teal. The loose lines give a dynamic quality to the composition. About the Artist: Anthony Melnikas (1927-2005) was born in Lithuania and lived most of his life in the United States. He served as a professor of Art History at the Ohio State University for 34 years. Melnikas is perhaps most notoriously known for a scandal involving the theft of 14th century documents from the Vatican library, in which he frequently had unsupervised access to over the span of 30 years. This scandal was an international one as Melnikas had smuggled multiple stolen pages across country lines. He was convicted in 1996 on eight charges involving six pages stolen from three different libraries. This painting is amongst hundreds of pieces of art that are available at our showroom in Grandview! Come in today and see the full collection.
Combining expert technical proficiency, deconstructing to the essence, and a little charming ruggedness is this original vintage portrait. Signed Loco, this detail rendering begins unraveling into lines of graphite, showing an interest of experimentation. A broad swath of salmon is married to the subject's tone, as a clever use of light wraps from his temple to the clenched jaw adding dimension the the subject's features. Perfect for collector's of pulp novella, and mid century style illustration. This portrait is just one of hundreds of artwork that are available at our location in Grandview! Come in today and see the full collection.
Screen printed on paper, a vintage illustrative work by Dan Sayre Groesbeck. One of his biggest subjects of interest, Groesbeck illustrates a Tibetan dancer with elegant line work. A common thread of his oeuvre, a tight composition forces the viewer to focus on the detail, leaving very little room for unwanted negative space. From The F. H. Bresler Co. collection, a card denoting is attached on the reverse, and signed on the bottom right by the artist. About the Artist: Dan Sayre Groesbeck (1878-1950) was an American muralist, printmaker, painter and illustrator. He opened his own advertising firm in Los Angeles in 1900, beginning his career as a commercial artist. He would go on to work in Hollywood, particularly with director Cecil B. DeMille sketching “visualizing” scenes and backdrops.
Self portrait of Ohio artist and local legend Smoky Brown captures his essence with a found board, complete with mounted paintbrush. A muted palette creates the visage of the artist with loose brush strokes and his classic folksy style. The white paint brush mounted to his hand is a nod to his affinity for using reclaimed and repurposed materials. Signed, and therefore titled, at the top of the piece in blue.
About the Artist:
Smoky Brown (1919-2005) was an enigmatic folk artist from Dayton, Ohio who valued art and service to his Columbus community. Larger than life, Smoky was a storyteller and wove his stories into his paintings. Smoky Brown created art because he enjoyed it, and did not pursue a larger platform past his regional recognition. He regularly played with materials and methodology due to necessity, but his inventiveness only fueled his process and drive.
This self portrait is just one of hundreds of pieces of art that are available at our location in Grandview! Come in today and see the full collection
Original oil on canvas painting by local Columbus, Ohio artist Ron Arps titled “Pleiades” features a nude woman with deep, brooding shadows against a warm yet neutral background. Her curvaceous shape and compelling mystery create a striking portrait. The title “Pleiades” is a Greek mythological reference to the companions of Artemis, who were the seven daughters of Atlas, the titan. Pursued by Orion after their father Atlas began shouldering the heavens, Zeus made the daughters into doves before transforming them into stars to provide comfort to their father. It is said that Orion’s constellation continues to pursue them across the heavenly sky. Signature and maker’s mark found on front and back, titled and dated 2001 on reverse of canvas. This painting is just one of hundreds of pieces of art that are available at our location in Grandview! Come in today and see the full collection
“Ecce Homo” lithograph by artist Gary Ross shows a man from the shadows. The texture of the lithographic stone can be seen dappled across his yellowed skin, contrasting against the deep blue shadows. Signed and titled by artist, #11/11. This lithograph is one of hundreds of pieces of art that are available at our location in Grandview! Come in today and see the full collection.