Abstract impasto-overboard painting from 1966 by who??

Discussion in 'Art' started by Jeff Drum, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    I'm still on the fence about this painting (but I have almost no experience with abstract work). The painting is large, 24x32 plus frame. Condition pretty good but needs cleaning. The impasto is extreme - more than 1/8 inch in spots, closer to 5mm. Besides being painted in NY in 1966 (confirmed by the stretchers) and presumably first sold for $300 (or at least that much was ASKED for), I don't have a clue on the name. Anyone have any clues? Or reactions?

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  2. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly The worst prison is a closed heart

    What's the deal with the upper part? Is it missing?
     
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  3. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I think, but am not certain, this piece is more "mixed media" than impasto.
     
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  4. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    Perhaps those are bits of hand made paper used to make impasto?
    No idea really.
    Sis, The top is supposed to be like that, I can see a half circle there.
     
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  5. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly The worst prison is a closed heart

    Oh, I thought that was camera flare, maybe it's part of the painting.
     
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  6. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    That big dot in the middle of the name suggests it has been abbreviated. The bit after could be McC.
     
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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    me too..
     
  8. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    Upper part is indeed part of it with a semi-circle. I guess you're right about not impasto, since the shapes don't look like they could easily be made with paint. But I don't know what they could be?

    Any artists doing this kind of stuff in the 60's?

    Here's some closeups:
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  9. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I'm having a bit of a problem placing this in the sixties and I can't make heads nor tails out of the sig.

    No clue what they used, mixed media folk often have their own special recipes.
     
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  10. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    I would put this more in the 1990s than in the 1960s, but the signature itself with the "66" actually LOOKS 1960s. I don't know who could have done it and with mystery media, sorry I can't make out the signature either. :hungover:
     
  11. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    When did "puff paint" fabric paint for t-shirts first arrive on the scenes? ;)
     
  12. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS!!!

    I know this is only what's stamped on the back of the frame, but can anyone read it....it's enhanced a wee bit.....the top line looks like (to me) SPA??COBILT......don't have the bottom one other than that last E. N.Y.

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  13. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    This is on the stretcher. There is another one on one of the 24" stretchers that is stamped with a different font that is easier to read, and between the two I can read "32 Ancobilt Glendale NY" and "24 Ancobilt Glendale NY" (the numbers are clearly the length of the stretchers). Thanks for looking.
     
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  14. BaseballGames

    BaseballGames Well-Known Member

    Jeff Drum said:
    Any artists doing this kind of stuff in the 60's?

    Seemed like half the kids in our art class back then, actually... cover a sheet of paper, tagboard, cardboard, plywood, with glue, arrange or throw bits of cardboard, yarn, plastic, twine, metal, pasta (cooked or uncooked) onto it, then slather with several thick coats of tempera paint. Sometimes it even turned out (like Jeff's piece) to be visually interesting...
     
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  15. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    Oh yeas "Ancobilt Glendale, N.Y." very common brand through the 1970s. I don't disagree that students used it to make their own stretched canvases, I did too. Not sure when they went out of business, although that's certainly not a definite ending date of when this painting was painted. ;)
     
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  16. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    These days it's hot glue and acrylics. :joyful:
     
  17. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I suspect the thick sinuous lines are made of robust yarn. It would allow for the smooth curves and varying the width and height, plus the "dots."
     
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