As mentioned yesterday, Aidan bought a Louis Shabner print from a car boot sale last Sunday. Excuse me while I go to ask him how much he paid for it…
It was one whole English pound.
I’ve been doing a little bit of an internet search, just to see what information there is available about the artist. Unsurprisingly, there is little available. So far, I’ve managed to find out that he is from Enfield, England and started off by doing pictures of pin-up girls in the ’40s and ’50s. These are a couple of my favourites (with thanks to American Art Archives):
That’s what I’d like to look like when I grow up…
And that really is about it! I find it amazing that so many pieces can be produced by a person, yet relatively nothing is known about them. The only other thing I could find was that a band called ‘King Biscuit Time’ has used one of his prints for an album cover:
Just another piece of evidence that everything comes back into fashion at some point or another. I remember thinking a few years ago that these kinds of prints were vile. What is that changes your perception of something? Do we need to be told by another person that something is acceptable as art, collectables, whatever? How much is a natural liking regardless of current fashions and tastes?
***Update: Aidan has now decided to sell this on Ebay. Click here to have a look and maybe put in a bid!***