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Hawaiian boy with uke velvet painting
jlgolob
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Posted: 2007-12-09 10:23 pm   Permalink

I have a black velvet painting of a hawaiian boy with a uke. It is signed "Erwin - Honolulu" and measures 33" x 22.5". It was purchased in the late 1950's for approximately $500.00. Any information about this painting, artist, or approximate value would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Josh Golob

I have included a few pics of the painting for everyone to view.













 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2007-12-09 10:48 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-09 22:23, jlgolob wrote:
It was purchased in the late 1950's for approximately $500.00.



When you find out what rum the buyer was drinking when he bought it, (reg. price)

Please let me know.


 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2007-12-10 12:34 am   Permalink

Let me add though, it's not a bad painting.

 
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Formikahini
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Posted: 2007-12-11 04:28 am   Permalink

Yes, beautiful!
I know nothing about the artist, save that he's talented!

And that he made a freakin' killing at that time!! $500 - JEEEEZ!!
A Leeteg, yes, but "Erwin"?
Maybe the buyer knew the full story.
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TikiLaLe
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From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2007-12-11 07:14 am   Permalink

Art is what the sucker ..oops i mean customer will pay !!!

 
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Hakalugi
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2007-12-11 08:26 am   Permalink

Based on the dollar inflation tables found here:
http://oregonstate.edu/cla/polisci/faculty-research/sahr/sahr.htm

$500.00 in 1959 is the same as $3,540.00 in 2007.

I think jlgolob meant $50.00 not $500.00. It just has to be a typo, right?

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(Edited to remove incendiary comment and an unnecessary reference to Anton LaVey.)

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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2007-12-11 09:02 am   Permalink

Wow! Good price for that painting.

If any of you would like to purchase a vintage original limited edition print of this painting. I have a 4" x 6" for sale for $100.



It may look like a postcard, but it's actually a collectable "mini print."

Those black spots must be from when it was mounted in a museum or somethng.

I accept Paypal. Shipping $45.

Buzzy Out!

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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2007-12-11 09:27 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-11 09:02, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
Wow! Good price for that painting.

If any of you would like to purchase a vintage original limited edition print of this painting. I have a 4" x 6" for sale for $100.



It may look like a postcard, but it's actually a collectable "mini print."

Those black spots must be from when it was mounted in a museum or somethng.

I accept Paypal. Shipping $45.

Buzzy Out!

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Who let Buzzy out of his Carving Cage??


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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2007-12-11 10:36 am   Permalink

The guy asked a simple Question, he didn't ask for smart(or dumb, depending on how you look at it)ASS remarks.
Some people wonder why Tcrs are reluctant to post? Hmm, I wonder too!?
TCTS kill it everytime...If you don't have a constructive answer to his question, do TC & yourself a favor and step away from the reply button ...



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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2007-12-11 11:04 am   Permalink

Tom Slick: Who died and made you God?

Buzzy Out!


 
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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2007-12-11 11:11 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-11 11:04, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
Tom Slick: Who died and made you God?

Buzzy Out!



Jesus


 
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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2007-12-11 1:24 pm   Permalink

Wow! Great painting. Nice find.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2007-12-11 2:35 pm   Permalink

The Kahiki had one like it. Sort of.
It had the best color of all the Kahiki velvets.





 
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Formikahini
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2007-12-11 4:06 pm   Permalink

By whom was the Kahiki one?
I can't make out the signature.

Same setting/kid/general pose - just a different angle.

...Which leads me to believe one copied another, changing it enough ("to not be copying" ) (or they both copied another!), rather than kid myself that the child posed in an artist's studio, where several velvet painters worked feverishly to capture this one boy's ukelele joy. (Of course even Leeteg made dozens of copies of his own paintings, changing them somewhat as time went on.)

But I *love* the mental picture of that! Like the impressionists and the cubists who really did all sit around and paint the same thing, comparing techniques and being inspired by each other.

Can't you just picture the black velvet painting factories in the Philippines that way?
"Wow, Jose, I love the little pout you put on her upper lip with that touch of white."
"Thanks, Maria Teresa; I admire the way you highlighted her nipple with that little dab of pink paint there. Might if I borrow some of your pink to highlight mine?"
"Yours or your painting's?" (Snarky laughter.)
"Hahahaha! You're so clever, for a moment I thought I was trading witticisms with Dorothy Parker in the Algonquin Room! You almost made me forget I was working in a sweatshop for $20 a month! Hahahaha!"

Ok, maybe it didn't happen quite like that.
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2007-12-11 6:26 pm   Permalink

from the book, Leeteg of Tahiti......

pg. 16 bottom left corner

[above] A velvet painting done by Bill Erwin, a pupil and fellow signman of Leeteg's at the Consolidated Amusement Company in the 1930's. Ironically, in this painting, Erwin copied Leeteg's best selling "Beach Boy,"which was in turn an unauthorized copy of a prize-winning posed photograph by K.K. Tagawa.

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Jesus!

That was the most serious thing I've done on TC in years!!

Now, off to enjoy some Hell raising fun!




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