Thursday, August 28, 2008
Over the years I've sold many paintings, given a few too many away and in rare cases lost them. Here is a public record of the lost works.
1. Hot Cuppa Zuppa - This was my very first large scale acrylic painting. It was an expressionist view of the interior of a cafe mostly in red. It was canvas stretched over a large piece of a crate. I liked it. My roommate wanted me to get it out of the way of the TV but I didn't know where to put it as space was at a premium in that apartment. Anyways, one New Years eve many moons ago, a girl I was dating offered to store it in her studio for me. I was delighted and carried it to her car ,kissed her good night and went to sleep.
I called once to ask her out for dinner. A week later, I called again to ask for the painting back. Another week later, I called one last time to see if she'd just leave the painting somewhere I could pick it up.
I never heard from her again.
2. Untitled - Acrylic on paper. I sold this one to a woman named Katie in Boston. Two weeks later it was stolen off her wall. It was kind of a saccharine painting of two people intertwined. In a way, it was an honor that someone would blatantly steal one of my paintings. Mostly, I'm pissed because Katie paid for it and got screwed in the deal.
3. Nude Reclining - This was HUGE. It was a larger than life sized Matisse-esque pink nude laying on a striped comforter. It really flowed. I loved it. But, after it was saved from an apartment fire I gave it to neighbor to donate to the Dance Complex in Central Square Cambridge for a fundraiser auction. Months later I asked about the painting and she said "Oh, yeah. I don't know what happened to that."
4. The Berlin Paintings - I put up 3 paintings at a shoe store in Berlin. I left Berlin suddenly and left the paintings in the care of an English student named Lindsay. I actually arranged for her to remain in Berlin as a "Working Student" by writing to her professor and telling him that I was a professional artist and she was my dealer. When I got back to the states, I asked her how things were going with the paintings. She told me she gave them away to people she met.
There are probably more. But these are the ones I remember . I learned valuable lessons from these paintings. Mostly, "Don't trust people with your paintings."