Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012

Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012
Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas at Luche Libre Taco Shop in San Diego, March 2012

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Fine August Morning At The Lakewood Museum of Abandoned Art

For your viewing pleasure yet more artwork found at garage sales and thrift shops over the past few months. The majority of these are oil or watercolor paintings, though there are a couple of acrylics, a few pastels, a brush & ink piece (with what looks like accents in red lipstick), and even a few sculptures.

Usually these pieces are unsigned or just have initials to identify the creator and so I don't attribute titles or names to them. However, there are two paintings found in a thrift shop, one oil and one watercolor, created by an immensely talented man by the name of Jerry Emil Titera (January 28th, 1929 - June 29th, 1999) that not only were signed, but had his obituary taped to the back of one of them.

I have seen quite a bit of abandoned art over the years, some good, most not so good. These two paintings by Mr. Titera are exceptional and I'm still kicking myself for not purchasing them.

The road to Hell is paved with unbought amateur art, to steal and twist a line from Papa Hemingway.

                                  A Piano Piece, unattributed, oil on canvas 24" X 36"

                                Winter Landscape, signed Amy 2015, oil on canvas, 20" X 30"

         Cabin Near A Small Pond, barely legible signature (Leah C---llie), oil on canvas, 20" X 30"

                            Silhouette of a Tree, unattributed, oil on canvas,16" X 24" 

                            Portrait of a Cowboy, unattributed, oil on canvas, 16" X 24"

                            Fairy and Elf, unattributed, airbrush on hardboard, 28" X 40"

                   The Gates Home near Kittridge, Al Lehman, oil pastels on paper, 18" X 24"

            Scott's Oriole, signed Linda in the upper right corner, acrylic on flagstone, approx 10" X 15"

                  Red Headed Finch on a Thistle by Ollie Pearson, watercolor on paper, 16" X 20"

                   A Couple and their Dog, signed "Bramdan", oil pastels on paper, 24" X 30"

                  Portrait of a Woman, signed "With love, Bramdan", oil on canvas, 28" X 36"

                            Roses in a Vase, signed "Bramdan", oil on canvas, 24" X 30"

                          Minimalist Landscape, unattributed, acrylic on artboard, 18" X 24"

                  El Toro, barely legible signature (C.C. Gomes?), oil on black velvet, 32" X 40" 

                            The Old Barn, Jerry Titera, watercolor on paper, 24" X 36" 

                         The Crystal Mill by Jerry Titera, 1990. Oil on Masonite, 16" X 24"

                     Abstract Rooster, Joan Rose Bloedel 1990, brush and ink on paper, 36" X 48"

                         Animals in the Village, signed "Wilson", acrylic on canvas, 36" X 48"

                       Desert Landscape, unattributed, oil pastels on paper, 24" X 28"

                                  Still Life by Shirley Lasato, oil on canvas, 24" X 30"

                           Somebody's Sweetheart,  C.R. Hester, watercolor on paper, 16" X 24"

                       Three dimensional abstract piece, unattributed, mixed media, 20" X 48"

                                   The Lighthouse, Ollie Pearson, oil on canvas, 20" X 30"

               Rocking chair painted red - probably not meant to be art but it looked kind of arty

                12" high Ceramic sculpture of what looks like a plumbers Y-joint, unattributed

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