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Jimmy Lovejoy Folk Art Mixed Media Florida

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The visual area of this bas-relief type painting is 12.5 inches by 10 inches, where as the original frame measures 15.75 inches by 13.25 inches. The subject is signed J. Lovejoy with copyright and conjoined mark of the artist. This artist is deceased per reports of other auctioneers online. From the Orlando Sentinel, But there is more than high-end retail going on in the shop that Lovejoy named The Painter's Daughter. Up a narrow staircase lies a brightly lit gallery displaying the works of two distinct, sometimes warring, but forever bonded artists: Natalie Lovejoy, 47, and her gadabout dad Jimmy, 75, who was divorced from her mother when Natalie was in second grade. Though father and daughter were once estranged, the Mount Dora gallery now serves to connect them, Natalie says. It is a shaky bridge, fairly new and not totally reliable yet, but a bridge nonetheless. "There was such a chasm between my father and me that the only way to bridge the gap was through art," she says. Migrant artist Jimmy Lovejoy grew up in a migrant-worker family of nine. They traveled north from Arkansas into Minnesota with the seasons, picking cotton and vegetables. At 16, Jimmy fled that hardscrabble life "to find out what it was like to be free."He rarely stopped running from poverty, from racism ad from one woman to the next. But in the early 1970s, Lovejoy became an artist of Western-style works hailed as "the black Charles Russell." The self-taught artist developed a unique method for building up surfaces on canvas with papier-mache, putty and Liquid Nails adhesive to give his "sculpted paintings" added dimension. Lovejoy also created detailed bronze and marble sculptures depicting stagecoaches and other Old West icons. He also made his own frames from old fence posts. The restless artist acted as his own sales rep. He sold hundreds of his Old West artworks around the country for as much as $20,000, peddling them out of his car or his "World's Most Unusual Art" gallery on wheels, a customized travel trailer. "I never left the migrant life. I was never stationary," he said, during a recent visit to his daughter's shop. "And you can see that in my paintings. They are always about people moving on." Lovejoy was known to trade his folk art for meals, clothes or whatever he could get in the lean times. In the better days, he sold his works for thousands in cash or swapped them for horses, cars and homes.

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Everything is original with the subject with no apparent loss. The frame shows limited use and marks. This mixed media is in pleasing collector condition.

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Jimmy Lovejoy Folk Art Mixed Media Florida

Estimate $250 - $500Mar 18, 2017
114 West Telegraph Street
Carson City, NV 89703
United States
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