Tretchikoff – Melon Boy

The fabulous folks, Jen and Gough from Wowie Zowie came over on Wednesday night to buy some West German Pottery for their wonderful shop. They had very kindly brought us a gift: It’s actually signed by Tretchikoff himself and has a good little back story to it. Wowie Zowie bought it from an old woman…

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…

Dallas Simpson Print

A burgeoning collection within the house is that of the ‘Big Eyed’ mass market prints. They’re definitely an acquired taste! I was pretty pleased when Aidan brought this Dallas Simpson print home from the last trip though: I haven’t been able to find any similar prints to this one by Simpson, but she was a…

Mass Market Art: Vintage Prints

By now, you should know that I’m a bit partial to a semi-naked lady or two… more so if they have a slightly green sheen and I can hang them on my wall (what were you thinking…?). I also like many other mass market art prints; not just of the female variety! I think this…

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…

My First Ever Folksy Purchase!

If you’ve ever heard of Etsy but curse the fact that many sellers seem to be in USA (adding on postage charges for British buyers), then Folksy might be the one for you. I’ve just found it and had a good look, before finally deciding on buying these:  I had been eyeing up some…

Tretchikoff Exhibition: Iziko South African National Gallery

The following press release has been sent to me by Natasha, grand-daughter of Vladimir Tretchikoff. How amazing would it be to get over there and see it?? “Hi, Tretchi was my grand dad. We are having a retrospective of original works next year in the South African National Gallery. See press release below… If you…

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…

Louis Shabner Vintage Prints

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…