Gerry Fancett: Romantic Illustrations

Before I bring on the beautiful images, I should tell you I’ve really struggled to find any information on Gerry Fancett. I just can’t believe that an artist, a fantastic illustrator, who was so prolific and created such beautiful images can disappear from the public consciousness with half a century. It seems a little strange…

Mass Market Art: Female Prints

One of the trends of the 1960s and ’70s appears to be that of the gypsy lady. Gold hoop earrings, dark hair and eyes, busty and a bit saucy of eye… these ladies are exotic and enticing. If ‘Carmen’ by Turino looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen ‘Ilonka’ by H. Walter: Similar to the…

H. Walter ‘Ilonka’ Vintage Print

On all of our trips (bar one) we’ve come back with a semi-naked lady… Usually to be found languishing on the back seat of the car, showing off her attributes to all and sundry who may peer into the back seat. The last roadtrip was no exception: this time we brought back not one, not…

Presents: Pottery and Pictures

Merry Christmas! It’s been a lovely Christmas – and it’s still not really over for us. The weekend before Christmas, we had the early one with my family. Then we’ve spent Christmas Day in Glossop, had friends over on Boxing Day. This week, we’ll be seeing Aidan’s family as well; all before we have to…

Bernard Buffet: Mass Market Art?

We found this on our last trip: It’s a print by Bernard Buffet, a French painter. Once again, we appear to have found something that, despite not knowing anything about it, could actually be quite interesting. To me, this seemed to be an example of mass market art; standing quite well alongside the Tretchikoff and…

Meet ‘Clemence’ by MAIO

We found Clemence in a Belgian street market for two Euros. Two Euros! What a bargain. Well, she did come with a filthy, broken, sprayed-gold frame that we subsequently ripped off in The Great Unpack of Tina ’10. Clemence made it all the way back from the Continent to Glossop lying face down under half…

J.H. Lynch Print: Meet Lisa

There’s another woman in our house; another woman to steal Aidan’s affections. This one’s even got her chest out for him: Despite the printing’s name being ‘Autumn Leaves’ for some reason, we’ve taken to calling her ‘Lisa’. I think it might be marked on the back of the picture somewhere. I don’t really want to…

A Vintage Lover’s Trip Round London…

This weekend we had a fab time in London.  A had planned to do the British stage of the Tour de France again – all 120 miles (plus 10 miles) of it.  I had a very pleasant day wandering around London with A’s brother and brother’s girlfriend.  As a result, here is my quick guide…