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Keeping up with Warren & Julie Payne, fine art

Warren Payne

Warren Payne, with his wife, Julie, is a private dealer in Louisville. The couple have curated several exhibitions over two decades; have produced six catalogs and a book, “Clear as Mud: Early 20th Century Kentucky Art Pottery”; and worked on E.C. Pennington’s “Kentucky: The Master Painters.”

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Charles Bullet Ohio River Valley watercolor.

Charles Bullet: Visions of Kentucky and Florida

Posted: January 31, 2017 11:40

Charles Bullet, an Ohio Valley School artist, was born in Cincinnati in 1860 but lived much of his life across the Ohio River in Campbell County, Kentucky.  He was a winter resident of the Fort Myers, Florida, area and is as well-known for his early Florida paintings as for his work along the Ohio in Kentucky and Indiana.   His father, Charles Bullett (the son dropped the last “t”), was a sculptor and stoneworker who worked in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati but eventually moved the family to Louisville, Kentucky, where he was  a partner in Muldoon, Bullett & Co. (the enterprise...

Helen LaFrance's memory paintings document her life as an African-American woman.

Helen LaFrance: Insider outsider

Posted: January 27, 2017 10:37

Helen LaFrance (b. 1919) has been an artist since her childhood on her family’s farm in her native Graves County, Kentucky. She is considered a self-taught memory painter, a category in so-called naïve or outsider art, and she also makes quilts and other textiles, animal carvings and dolls. Her works are in the collections of media mogul Oprah Winfrey and artist Red Grooms, as well as many institutions including the Van Nelle collection of tobacco art in Holland. She has been exhibited all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky, from Mayfield to Murray to Owensboro to Bowling Green, and in...

An 1882 Botto oil of the Venetian lagoon.

Botto's up

Posted: September 06, 2016 12:42

Louisville, Kentucky, native John Bartholomew Botto (1842-1910) was one of the earliest Ohio Valley Tonalists. His works are few and far between, even in his native state. We know the Speed Art Museum has four, including two of the best we’ve seen, and Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, in Lexington, Kentucky, has at least two. We’ve seen a large riverscape in a private collection –  and we once saw a small harbor painting loose on the market. Not many Louisville artists die in their country home outside Paris, leaving an estate of $150,000 to $200,000 ($4,000,000 in current cash) – and a...

 

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