Art Blog

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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Anniversary of the Berlin Wall

Fine Art Ltd in St. Louis Mo. Was the official licensee for the Statue Of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation for the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. On the Anniversary of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s famous Speech at the Berlin Wall. Fine Art Ltd commissioned Hiro Yamagata to do a painting of the Statue of Liberty to celebrate the Fall of the Berlin Wall and unveiled it in Berlin at Check Point Charley. We invited President Ronald Reagan, Gene Kennedy Smith to represent her brother, Rod Steiger who won an award for Freedom and Cliff Robertson who played Kennedy in the PT 109 the movie. President Reagan could not attend but invited us to come to his office in Century City, Ca. which we did after the event.

We believe this is the only video celebrating the Fall of The Wall. We had over 2000 people at the wall and gave posters away to the crowd. Yamagata was signing and dating the posters for the crowd but the crowd got to pushing so much we had to stop the signing and just gave the posters away.

Please note the two people doing the unveiling were from both East And West Berlin.



Harry Weber, the sculpture artist who created all of the Hall of Fame players at Bush Stadium, sculpted “Stan the Man” to commemorate the life of the late Cardinals player Stan “the Man” Musial. The sculpture was released at a special event featuring Stan Musial at Fine Art Ltd.

Harry has created two other casts that were featured at the event, “Musial 3000th  Hit”, an edition of only 6 casts and Musial’s, “Last at Bat” an edition of 50. Harry liked working with Stan, and Stan enjoyed working with Harry. Stan owned three of Harrys sculptures in his personal collection.

Maya Angelou wrote "Amazement Awaits" for the 2008 Beijing Olymipc. Below is a video of her reading the poem. 

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, is the world's largest publisher of fine art commemorating special events.  We pride ourselves on a mission to produce and market art of the highest quality in the world. Fine Art Ltd. was presented with the very prestigious international ARCALE 2000 award in Salamanca, Spain, for its contribution to the art society through the promotion of contemporary artists.  Fine Art has established itself as the leading publisher of commemorative fine art for world-class international events.

A highlight of our past events include:

      • All the US Olympic Games from1988-2010
      • The 50th Anniversary of the March of Dimes
      • The 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty
      • The 100th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall
      • The 500th Anniversary of Columbus discovering America
      • The 500Years of the Decorated Christmas Tree
      • The Fall of the Berlin Wall
      • The Maquette of Eads
      • Heroic Bronze Sculpture and Maquette of Lou...

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.