Category: Artists

Jesse Barnes

Nov 29, 2018

At the age of ten a young boy named Jesse Barnes sold his first oil painting to the principal at this elementary school.  Since that time, with the support of many loyal patrons, Jesse has become one of the country’s most renowned artists.  Dubbed The Light Painter, Jesse Barnes has been painting professionally for over forty years, during which time he has painted everything from individual portraits to wildlife to landscapes.  Currently, however, Jesse’s paintings center mainly around early American nostalgia themes with an emphasis on lighting effects.


In 1983, Barnes released his first limited edition collectors print entitled The Night Before Christmas.  Since that time, Jesse Barnes has taken us on a magical journey back through time from a snowy 1800’s train depot; to the corner café; to a seaside lighthouse providing safe passage to the harbor; to a country carnival; and home for the holidays.


Jesse is a self-published...

Commemorative coins have been a part of the Olympics in documentations dating back to 480 BCE. Back then the coins were used to allow patrons who were unable to attend the games to have a piece of the Olympics history. Now these coins are highly sought after by collectors and allow artists to create a tangible masterpiece that can be mass produced and in various metals.

The very well known Salvador Dali had created coins for various other events before being prompted to create commemorative coins for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Since he was not unfamiliar with the process, it is no surprise that the coins are well thought out and use the full space provided.

Below are the three different images featured on the backs of the coins with their specific year.

Aldo Luongo

Nov 29, 2018

"Romance on Canvas" would be one of the many ways to describe the art of Aldo Luongo. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1941, of Italian parents, would seem the perfect recipe for a child of prodigious undertones, smothered only by an overwhelming desire to fulfill one's physical goal; the goal in question, to follow his father's footsteps as a professional soccer player.

Shortly after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Luongo sought to come to the U.S. to play professional soccer for the New York Generals. Once in New York and having had his career cut short due to an injury, he was free to pursue his dream of creating artwork full time.

1968 became a turning point for Luongo when he created no less than thirty originals. In the passing years, this Post-Impressionist whose influences are "Monet for his pastels, Toulouse-Lautrec for his drawing technique combined with the strength of Van Gogh," has won the hearts of true art lovers from all over the world.

Luongo has since then been in more than 35 one man shows throughout the United States. His art has been purchased and collected by such stars as Dionne Warwick, Yul Brynner, Cary Grant, Anthony Quinn and Christopher Cross. He has also designed album cover art for Ms. Warwick as well as the jazz group Excess. He has also been invited to the White House Easter Egg Hunt twice and was chosen to paint eggs which are now in the Smithsonian Institute.

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Jesse Barnes, renowned as "The Light Painter," has commemorated the 500th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree. "The Spirit of Christmas" portrays the tradition of the decorated tree as an iconic, yet beautiful symbol of Christmas. The tradition of decorating Christmas trees has been around since 1510 and has grown vastly more popular in the last 500 years. 

 "We are proud," said Jack Scharr of Fine Art Ltd., "to be working with Jesse Barnes on this special commemorative, limited edition. Especially since it brings Jesse back again to the holiday theme that launched his incredible career in 1983 with the release of his very first edition entitled", "Night Before Christmas". 

 "The Spirit of Christmas" is considered to be once of Jesses best paintings celebrating the 500th anniversary of the decorated Christmas tree. This is a great addition to any collection and has been kept to a limited amount printed. These prints make great holiday gifts and bring light into any room. 


Hiro Yamagata

Nov 2, 2017

Internationally known among commercial-art enthusiasts for his pop-inspired faunal and floral imagery,Yamagatais best known in the poster designer for the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Committees.  He's also designed commemorative works for the Air and Space Bicentennial, the U.S. Constitution's Bicentennial, the Centennial Celebration of theEiffelTower, the Bicentennial of the French Revolution - and painted Ronald Reagan's presidential portrait. I n 1988, Hiro was commissioned by President Ronald Reagan to do a painting as part of the one hundred year anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty.

Hiro Yamagata was born inShiga,Japanon June 30, 1948.  He was first interested in painting in elementary school and took a special art class every day after school and through high school with his art teacher, a Japanese-style painter.  After his graduation, he went toTokyoand had part-time jobs in the advertisement field, where his talent was recognized.  In 1972, Hiro began attending L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts inParisand began to live his life through painting.

Yamagataescaped toParisin his early 20's, and met such persons as John Cage and more notably Allen Ginsberg.  He also painted sets for Peter Brook.  At the time, Hiro was perfecting a cartoony illustrative painting style that was not particularly Japanese.  The...

Artist and Designer: Shan Gray

A tribute to the courage and strength of the people of the United States of America. Representing the Vision and Unity needed to form this great Nation.

The Indian Brave and the Bald Eagle represent the character, strength, courage and resolve we use to triumph over the challenges faced as a Nation.

The Indian – The First American and The Eagle – Our Freedom , Chosen as our national emblem in 1782-The Bald Eagle displayed as a symbol of power witharrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other talon

Shan Gray, Osage Indian from Edmond Oklahoma began his career as a commercial artist. In 1986 Gray started to focus his art career towards sculpting professionally and since has been recognized nationally for his artistic style and talent. Specializing in sculpting the human form, Gray has built a noteworthy reputation for capturing details that bring the bronze sculpture to life.  

Among some of his sculptures have been an...

Bart Forbes

Oct 27, 2015

Bart Forbes’ career as a painter spans over thirty years as an illustrator and fine artist. Though most well known for his golf landscapes and sports illustrations, Forbes has recently begun painting for himself. His still-life paintings as well as his Scottish landscapes reflect a much more personal viewpoint and have allowed him more freedom to explore his own vision. Through his still life and landscape paintings, he has found an opportunity to explore both texture and light in new ways. Created in oils, his paintings are done in glazes—layering simple, familiar subject matter over abstract textural patterns. The result is one of subtle color and depth that involve the viewer on many different levels. 

Born in Oklahoma, Forbes graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1961. After a stint in the Army, he began his art career by attending the Art Center School in Los Angeles, California. Since that time, his work has not only appeared in a collection of the more popular magazines, but has garnered commercial clients that include Georgia Pacific, General Electric, Eastman Kodak, Exxon, Pepsi Cola, Miller Brewing, RCA, and NBC. He has also designed more than 20 commemorative postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service.

From the beginning, Forbes' strong interest in the world of sport has allowed him to be recognized as one of the leading sport artists of his day. An avid golfer, he has covered many PGA golf tournaments, including Pebble Beach, The...