HELEN LAFRANCE/ ON THE WAY HOME/ O/C MEMORY PAINTING
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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 2000: item # 1117927
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Shelton Gallery and Fine Silver
5133 Harding Road B-10, PMB #392
Nashville TN 37205
|This marvelous memory painting by folk/outsider artist Helen Lafrance (Born Kentucky 1919). The signed painting is oil on canvas and the dimensions are 25 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches. It comes in a contemporary wood frame. The various shades of green give so much warmth to this painting. The child is on his way home and there is much to be seen in this painting. One could oogle at it for hours and come back again and see something else. Helen LaFrance is a self-taught black artist who was born in 1919 Western Kentucky. Her specialty is memory paintings of the disappearing lifestyle of the rural South, although she has painted religious themes and floral studies, usually in oil on convas. She has painted since she was a small child, always following hermother's wisdom to "paint what you know." Not limited to two-dimensional media, she used to carve wooden animal sculptures and dolls and made wonderful quilts in addition to her memory paintings. LaFrance's work is held in many private collections, including Bryant Gumble and contemporary artist Red Grooms, and museums throughout the United States. She is featured in a chapter of Kathy Moses' definitive regference book, "Outsider Art of the South", published by Schiffer Ltd. This painting also has a full page illustration on page 40 of "Helen LaFrance: Folk Art Memories" by Kathy Moses with Bruce Shelton; with over 200 photos, it is also available through Shelton Gallery for $45 shipped.|