“Fine” Art, Big Eyes, and Portraits
Ah, swap meet paintings! The two Sheila paintings at top look like they were probably done commercially, that is to say with some hope of selling them through some pre-arranged channel. Good luck with that. But what am I saying? I bought them.
These paintings are essentially way-too-cutesy knock-offs of the already cutesy "Big Eyes" paintings done by Margaret Keane in the 1950s and ’60s. The next one, with the really big eyes, begs to be called “Pink Lady.” She is acrylic on canvas board and is unsigned. Would you put your name on this?
The intriguing daisy-haired woman looks like acrylic on canvas board and is signed E Horn. This painting is somehow quite evocative. It certainly speaks to me. But I was surprised to see how it spoke to one of my son’s little friends during a sleepover. It somehow kept him awake until I agreed to take it down off the wall.
And here, a thrift-store painting par excellence, “James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause by Tommy.” Just fabulous! Even the back is great.
I was unkindly accused of having a prurient interest rather than an artistic one in these last two ladies when I bought these beautiful paintings for my collection. Piffle! In all likelihood, these are portraits commissioned by proud parents of their lovely daughters. The artist, so far as I can make out, is Carlton Tims or maybe Carlton S. Tims or Stims. I don’t know! As beautifully as he could paint, he sure couldn’t write his name worth a damn. Oil on canvas.
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