MY LITTLE VINTAGE ART COLLECTION

Some pieces from my small collection of vintage art.

Some pieces from my small collection of vintage art.

One of the finishing touches for any new home or renovation is the art that will hang on it’s walls. Being an artist, I display my own art work once in a while, but I prefer to showcase my small (but growing) collection of vintage art. My modest collection is not really worth much, but each piece I’ve gathered over the years is unique and interesting to me. I especially like small paintings. They are not only much more affordable than large art but there are more options for where to put them. You can hang them on a smaller wall space or group them with other framed art and photographs. If I spent thousands of dollars on a large painting specifically for one spot, I would feel committed to hanging it there for years…and I prefer to change my décor a few times a year. Here are a few of my favorite art.

I bought this very small (only 5″ x 4″) mid century painting a few years ago. It was painted by Hrkalovic Strahimir, who from what I have found out, was born in Yugoslavia in 1907 and studied in Prague. He had many exhibitions in the 1960s and 70s. I had the piece framed in a thick black frame to give it a little size.

Small mid century painting - Hrkalovic Strahimir.

Small mid century painting – Hrkalovic Strahimir.

Close up of abstract Strahimir painting.

Close up of abstract Strahimir painting.

The painting below was another one I purchased a few years ago. it is a 1950s fashion design painted sketch. I love the fun poses the artist created in this fashion sketch. I also really like how the artist’s painting technique makes the sweater have a mohair like texture. This piece is 11″ x 15″ and I kept it in it’s original simple black frame.

One of my favorite vintage paintings.

One of my favorite vintage paintings.

Close up of vintage fashion sketch.

Close up of vintage fashion sketch.

I also love old architectural and interior design drawings. This is a vintage interior design drawing of a mid century living room space done by interior design student Kay Beyer. The original mat had a seal from the Ringling College of Art and Design which was a college founded in 1931 by John  Ringling (yes of the Ringling circus family) in Sarasota Florida. The college is still open today. I had the drawing (9″ x 7″) reframed as the mat was quite yellowed and the frame not in good shape.

Vintage interior design sketch.

Vintage interior design sketch.

Interior design art.

Interior design art.

And what 1960s art collection would be complete without some form of big eyed art. The artist who signed her work Maio painted mostly serious, even sad looking girls and young women with very large eyes. Prints of her art were very mainstream and popular in the 1960s. I picked up this ‘ballerina with Flower’ litho print at a thrift shop for a couple dollars. It is 10.5″ x 19″ in the frame.

Maio ballerina print.

Maio ballerina print.

Maio ballerina close.

Maio ballerina close.

One of my latest art purchases was this amazing pair of mid century popcorn art plaques made by artist ‘Jonero’ for the Illinois Moulding Co. This type of popular plaque art was done in different design, colours and shapes. I really loved the bottle design and the colours in these and I am sure they will look wonderful in our future dining room.

Mid century art by Jonero.

Mid century art by Jonero.

Close up of mid century Jonero art.

Close up of mid century Jonero art.

So as you can see, I’ve got quite a mix of styles in my little collection so far, but I will find a place to display each piece in the new house…I can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

 

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