Oil on panel painting of a five dollar bill folded to resemble a profile of a chicken, the background a convincingly painted slab of pine, 4" by 6" (8 1/4" by 10 1/4" in attractive wood frame), signed at lower right (incised, with device) by the noted American contemporary trompe l'oeil master, GAYLE BLAIR TATE (1944-). Tate has also titled the work "Money Chicken", inscribed it "For Hephzibah with love, Gayle" on the reverse of the panel, in marker. This is a work likely executed circa 2000, though it is not dated. Tate's works have appeared and sold at the finest auctions, including Sotheby's New York. He has continued the long tradition of trompe l'oeil painting, begun in America in the 19th century, by such masters as William Harnett, John Peto, Nicholas Alden Brooks, Otis Kaye, and John Haberle. Kaye, Brooks and Haberle in particular made a name for themselves by painting currency in exquisite detail---a level of detail that actually caught the eye of the Secret Service. I would suggest that Tate risks his eyesight, as the detail is astounding and the effect most realistic and three dimensional. The artist was born in Texas and traveled widely, the son of a military officer. He completed his education in the 1960's and began to explore his art talents. Tate is included in the 2010 work "L'Art du Trompe-l'oeil" by Omar Calabrese. He is a member of the Trompe l'oeil Society of Artists. Tate's work has recently been featured in a twelve museum tour. See the net for more on the artist. Shipping wizard figures are guesstimates. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART NOW IN MY SHOP.
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