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!***
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These are stunning! The first one is captivating. Have a great day!
I thought they were great, I would love to find one of the original calendars. Thanks for you comment, Emma 🙂
My Mam and I cleaned out the attic the weekend and came across the louis painting I alwas refered to as the Spanish woman, she was hung on the wall in a flat we lived i when I was 2 and was left in the attic when we moved to our new house in 1978. It is the picture of the woman dressed in black lace top with red shawl and red bow in her hair. prints are going on ebay for 150 pounds and we have orininal painting. Does anyone know who the woman was or about Louis him self would love to hear from you!!
Wow, I’m very jealous if you have an original painting! You could be on to something there. There’s not that much known about him really – if you look on the American Art Archive that I’ve put a link to, there is a little bit there; but really, he’s quite unknown. All my information has just come from the internet. Try that website? If you have a picture of your painting, I’d love to see it!
I have an original painting by Louis Shabner which I was given in 1973, he had an artists agent called Richard Attwood in London around that time.
Wow! I’d love to see a picture of it. Do you have it displayed anywhere?
hi sometimes she is called the red ribbon girl,but her real name is melanie.If you still have the original be very careful it would not surprise me if it fetched a four figure sum from a collecter i would also insure it for at least 1500 pounds so take very good care of her cheers phil c
I wish it was the original but it’s not, just a print! Thanks, Emma
hi i believe i have an original loui shabner painting called gail would anyone know its est, worth thank you
I am interested in prints of his with girls with falcons on their fists. Can anybody help please?
Hi Mick, It’s called Falconer (1970); features a stunning brunette with a very intense gaze? Are you interested in information because you have one? or hoping to buy one?
Sorry for the late reply (only by 2 years but )! I bought it about40 years ago in Australia but there was about 3 or 4 other prints of various young ladies holding one of an owl one with a crow etc. Anybody know anything about the others?
I still need to find some of his prints..
hello i have what appears to be an original piece called puppy love who could tell me if this is the case
I found a ‘Melanie’ hanging up in my attic when I moved in. I’m assuming it’s nit the original as its in a cheap frame and has a flimsy back. I only noticed the signature today, googled Shabner and arrived here.
Interesting stuff guys.
I have a painting by Louis Shabner – puppy love. How do i know if it is a original? Was given to me about 32 years ago.
Hi all. my parents have Melanie hanging in their hall, they got it around 1970s in a proper frame how do you know if its original? parents said it is an original print.
I have a nicole picture. By louis shabnert if any one knows out about her ? And is it worth any thing ?