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  1. “The Beginning” by John Barton – Featured by OAF Publication

    by Laurie Ahner

    The Outsider Art Fair publication by Art Media Agency features
    “The Beginning” by John Barton (Illinois)!

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    See more art by John Barton here

    John Barton (b. 1941) is a self-taught artist from Illinois. He was raised in an unstable household by severely alcoholic parents. Although Barton experienced an unfortunate upbringing and many hardships, he has enjoyed drawing and painting from an early age. Barton uses art making as a means to process his thoughts and feelings, and he tells stories through art. He alters methods and styles depending on the themes he depicts, while his work is sometimes experimental with use of the materials.

  2. New Artist: The Recluse

    by Laurie Ahner

    We are happy to announce that we are now representing the Recluse (Indiana)!

    The Recluse was raised in a working class family, and lost his parents at an early age. Later in life he suffered a blood clot, became physically disabled, and socially withdrawn as a result. Though faced with unexpected challenges and physical limitations, he discovered strength in spirituality and art-making. He finds inspiration in everyday life, painting from memory and his imagination. His work is permeated with nostalgia and a sense of tranquility, while maintaining a streak of roughness. The Recluse’s work is a reflection of his state of mind, seeking to reconcile the imperfection of reality with gratitude for life. He currently resides in Indiana, and enjoys his solitude.

    Laurie Ahner
    314-409-6057 (mobile)
    info@galeriebonheur.com or gbonheur@aol.com
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    Snow Day by The Recluse (2018). Acrylic on paperboard, 11 x 13 inches. $450.

     

    Blue Bird by the Recluse (Indiana)

    Blue Bird by the Recluse (Indiana)

     

     

     

  3. Recent Acquisition: Amos Ferguson

    by Laurie Ahner

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    We are thrilled to announce that we have recently acquired these special vintage paintings by Amos Ferguson!

    All the newly acquired Amos Ferguson’s are from the early years of his career, the 70’s and 80’s, when he was going some his finest and most creative works of art.

    Please contact us for any additional information.

    (above: Pink and Red Flowers on Green, 23 x 29 inches)

    Laurie Ahner
    314-409-6057 (mobile)
    info@galeriebonheur.com or gbonheur@aol.com

    Red Flowers in Yellow Vase, 38 x 21 inches
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    Big Flower in Red, White, and Blue, 31 x 21 inches
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    Orange White and Red Flowers on Green and Blue, 29 x 28 inches
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    Red and Pink Carnations on Blue, 17 x 13 inches
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  4. Recently Acquired Amos Ferguson

    by Laurie Ahner

     

    Dear friends,
    I’m offering these older Amos Ferguson paintings to you because I know you treasure his work ! Galerie Bonheur has been fortunate to find these stellar examples from the 1980’s, truly the best period of his career. At this point he had been “discovered”, was exhibiting in museums and galleries Internationally, and was at the height of his genius . We have found that these originals are not easy to procure even though Amos was very prolific. Therefore this rarity makes these works more precious and outstanding.
    Take a look, enjoy and let me know your interest soon please!
    Thank you for your love of Amos!
    Laurie Ahner
    314-409-6057 (mobile)
    info@galeriebonheur.com

    AMOS FERGUSON
    1920 – 2009, Bahamas
    All artwork: enamel on paperboard
    Please inquire for any additional information:
    info@galeriebonheur.com or 314-409-6057
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    Noah and the Colorful Birds

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    Bird Family

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    Downtown Nassau


  5. American Folk Art Museum Fall Benefit Gala Auction

    by Laurie Ahner

    Galerie Bonheur is pleased to announce our participation in the Fall Benefit Gala Auction at American Folk Art Museum in New York City on November 16, 2017! We have donated several works of folk art from our extensive collection for this event to support their wonderful effort to provide great cultural & educational experience for their broad audience.  Click the image for more information.

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  6. A significant museum work of art from Galerie Bonheur Collection will be auctioned in New Mexico

    by Laurie Ahner

    The “Death Cart” – special work of art by Horacio Valdez, a famous Santero from New Mexico – has traveled the world in museum settings and major art exhibits and it now needs to have a permanent home, to be appreciated and admired by an art- loving public!

     


    HORACIO VALDEZ

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    Horacio Valdez
    (1929-1992, New Mexico),
    La Muerte Death Cart, 1983.
    Polychrome carved wood, 53 x 50 x 32 inches.Available on November 11, 2017
    at Santa Fe Art AuctionView This Artwork at the Santa Fe Art Auction Website HereFor inquiry:
    Laurie Ahner, Director & Owner
    info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057

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    A B O U T   T H E   A R T I S T
    Horacio Valdez (1929 – 1992), a carpenter by trade, became a santero (a creator of religious images, literally “maker of saints”) in 1975 after sustaining a near fatal injury at the Nambe Dam project where he was employed. Valdez crushed his right hand in the accident and could not return to work. “I couldn’t hold a hammer,” he said, “but I could whittle.” Thus began Valdez’s prolific career as a wood carver in New Mexico, where he is noted for his influence in re-energizing traditional religious imagery.  (image below: Horacio Valdez at the completion of his work La Muerte Death Cart, at his home in New Mexico, copyright © Galerie Bonheur)
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    Valdez is best known for his Penitente-inspired death carts. These large scale sculptures depict a female skeletal image riding atop a miniature wooden ox cart. The skeleton, called La Muerte (Death) or Dona Sebastiana, usually carries a hatchet, bow and arrow, or other instrument of death. The figure is a reminder of human mortality or memento mori. Real death carts appear during Holy Week when members of the Brotherhood of the Penitentes, or “Hermandad de Nuestro Padres Jesus Nazareno,” reenact the suffering and crucifixion of Christ by pulling carts filled with stones in a procession as penance.  (image below: Feria Artesana, The Albuquerque Museum, 1981, “Horacio Valdez: Labrador De Amor”)
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    The “La Muerte” Death Cart was commissioned by Galerie Bonheur directly from Horacio Valdez at his home in Dixon, New Mexico. The sculpture took approximately 8 months to complete, and Galerie Bonheur has maintained ownership of the piece since its creation in 1983. The death cart was on loan from October 5, 1986 to May 29, 1988 in a traveling exhibit entitled “Beyond Tradition: Contemporary American Folk Art.” This exhibit, organized by the Katonah Gallery (now the Katonah Museum of Art), traveled both throughout the United States and Europe.  (image below: detail: Horacio Valdez, La Muerte Death Cart, 1983, Galerie Bonheur)
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    Other Valdez carvings have been shown at the Museum of American Folk Art, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, the Taylor Museum in Colorado Springs, and the Albuquerque Museum. Another death cart, entitled “Carreta de Muerte” (1975) resides in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  (image below: Horacio Valdez, Carreta de Muerte, 1975,  Smithsonian American Museum)
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  7. Just in! Amos Ferguson

    by Laurie Ahner

     

    We are loving this recently acquired art by Amos Ferguson (1920-2009, Bahamas)! “Ducks at the Pond,” enamel on cardboard, 24 x 30 inches. Please inquire at info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057.

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    Amos Ferguson, Ducks at the Pond, enamel on paperboard, 24 x 30 inches.

    See all art by Amos Ferguson here

  8. Happy Fourth of July!

    by Laurie Ahner

     

    Happy 4th of July, everyone! Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends! Amos Ferguson (1920-2009, Bahamas), “A Family Around the Dinner Table,” 1960. Enamel on cardboard, 30 x 36 inches. Please inquire at info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057.

    Amos Ferguson (1920-2009, Bahamas), "A Family Around the Dinner Table," 1960. Enamel on cardboard, 30 x 36 inches.

    Amos Ferguson (1920-2009, Bahamas), “A Family Around the Dinner Table,” 1960. Enamel on cardboard, 30 x 36 inches.

     

    See all art by Amos Ferguson here

  9. Special Pricing for Select Summer Art!

    by Laurie Ahner

     

    Happy July! We currently have special pricing for these summer art – please inquire!

    Conchita Infante, Cuba House by the River Watercolor on paper 12 x 14 inches Was $850, SALE $495

    Conchita Infante, Cuba
    House by the River
    Watercolor on paper
    12 x 14 inches
    Was $850, SALE $495

     

     

    Reina Ledon Perez, Cuba Mi Casa En Tama Lulipa Oil on canvas 20 x 32 inches Was $875, SALE $575

    Reina Ledon Perez, Cuba
    Mi Casa En Tama Lulipa
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 32 inches
    Was $875, SALE $575

     

     

     

    Melecio Fresquez, New Mexico Cabin in the Woods Watercolor on paper with handmade frame 24 x 20 inches Was $750, SALE $575

    Melecio Fresquez, New Mexico
    Cabin in the Woods
    Watercolor on paper with handmade frame
    24 x 20 inches
    Was $750, SALE $575

     

     

     

     

     

    Sylvia Alberts, New york Gazebo Oil on masonite 19 x 17 inches, framed Was $3,500, SALE $2,250

    Sylvia Alberts, New york
    Gazebo
    Oil on masonite
    19 x 17 inches, framed
    Was $3,500, SALE $2,250

     

     

     

    See all sale art here!