By the noted illustrator artist RICHARD STINE (1941-) this is a rarely seen original painting, the subject a tree in a strangely empty landscape. The work, measuring 12 1/2" by 9 1/2" in wood strip frame, is painted in gouache, either on the smooth side of a masonite panel, or on heavy paper or board subsequently laid to the masonite. The artist signed at lower right and again on reverse, with his Summerland, CA (adjacent to Santa Barbara) address. Stine is a familiar name due to his uniquely humorous and whimsical images, which though often cartoonish delve into philosophy, and, an online description writes, "love, art, freedom, isolation, desire, conflict, dreams, creativity". He drew prolifically as a child in Southern California and starting in the 1960's began to financially capitalize on his talents, moving from original art to reproductions as cards, posters, and prints. In 1997 he was living in Washington state and musing in an interview at his own commercial success and popularity. This item is in very good condition. There are old nail or tack holes in corners apparently dating to the creation of the work, as the artist has painted them over in the cream-color margin.
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