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  1. Recent Acquisition: Amos Ferguson

    We had recently acquired two wonderful vintage paintings by Amos Ferguson. These are in excellent condition, and from great provenance.

    Please inquire at info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057 (call or text).

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    Enamel on paperboard
    19 x 15-3/4 inches
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    Amos Ferguson, Bahamas
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    Enamel on board
    29-1/2 x 34-1/2 inches
    1969

    Amos Ferguson (the Bahamas, 1920 – 2009) was a house painter by profession who began painting when he was a boy. He received a vision from God in a dream; God told him to paint the beauty of His world, to celebrate the Bible and nature, and to show off his native Bahamas. Amos followed God’s commands and painted prolifically for many years. Amos Ferguson claimed to, “Paint by Faith, Not by Sight.”

    See more Amos Ferguson here

  2. Spring Blossom

    Happy first day of Spring!
    We hope you find yourselves healthy and happy.

    “If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.”— Audra Foveo   Art has always been a source of self-expression and joy in the most difficult times. We hope to continue to bring comfort and cheer to your home while we all weather the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19.

    Galerie Bonheur would be happy to creatively assist you with your purchase during these trying times, for suggestions and inquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    All the best,
    Laurie & staff
    info@galeriebonheur.com
    314.409.6057 (call or text)

    (image above: Amos, Ferguson (Bahamas), Orange White and Red Flowers on Green and Blue, 1982. Enamel on paperboard, 29 x 28 inches. Please inquire.)

    Amos Ferguson
    Red Flower on Yellow
    1980’s
    Enamel on paperboard
    19 x 15 inches
    Please inquire.
    Amos Ferguson
    Red Flowers in Yellow Vase
    Enamel on paperboard
    38 x 21 inches
    1980’s
    Please inquire.

    Amos Ferguson (Bahamas, 1920 – 2009) was a house painter by profession who began painting when he was a boy. He received a vision from God in a dream; God told him to paint the beauty of His world, to celebrate the Bible and nature, and to show off his native Bahamas. Amos followed God’s commands and painted prolifically for many years. Amos Ferguson claimed to, “Paint by Faith, Not by Sight.”

    See more Amos Ferguson here

  3. Art from the South: Mary Whitfield and Janice Kennedy

    by Laurie Ahner

     

    Mary Frances Whitfield (b. 1947, Alabama) focuses her rich paintings on the historical and modern plight of African-Americans, and the cruelty and injustice they have experienced. The powerful works contain little detail; the figures have no facial features. Instead, the drama of their gestures or body language conveys the feeling of the painting.

    Mary Frances Whitfield, Children Picking Eggs With Mother. Watercolor and Gouache on Arches Paper, 18 3/4 x 24 1/2 inches, Framed. Please contact Laurie Ahner for any inquiry. info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057 (call or text)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mary Whitfield, Chasing Chickens. Watercolor and gouache on Arches paper. 13-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches; 22-1/2 x 28 inches, framed. Please inquire.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Click here to see more art by Mary Whitfield

     

    Janice Yvonne Kennedy was born fourth of six children, in 1941, in Harbins Community, Georgia. Until the age of fifteen, she worked in the fields as a sharecropper. Janice never went past the ninth grade. Her dad made her stay home to work in the fields. By the age of ten, she could pick one hundred pounds of cotton a day. Janice is a self-taught artist and born-again Christian. When she starts a painting, she asks, “Lord, what would you have me paint today?”

    Miss Daisy with Orange Flower
    Acrylic on board
    image – 11 x 13-1/2 inches
    framed – 15 x 19 inches
    Was $550, SALE $495

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     

    Mountain Majesty, North Carolina
    Acrylic on board
    29 x 23 inches, framed
    $850

     

     

     

     

     

  4. Spirituality in the Work of Amos Ferguson

    by Laurie Ahner

    (This article was originally published in December 2016.)

    Amos Ferguson created many magnificent paintings of various religious themes.
    I have been involved in collecting and selling the work of Amos Ferguson, (1920-2009), Bahamas, since the early 1980’s. Amos became a friend, and I have sold more of his work than any other artist I have ever represented. He was a man who could paint joy! Since Galerie Bonheur means “good feelings,” and “joy”, I have always had a special love for this artist’s work.
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    It is obvious from looking at his paintings, Amos Ferguson loved to paint in brilliant and vibrant colors, and his subject matter was generally straightforward and direct. His imagery was typically flowers, fauna, fish, boating and fishing, nature, birds, colorful Bahamian houses, families, ladies and children, choirs, everyday life in the islands, and many scenes of his native people, both black and white.
    Everyone can relate to these scenes no matter where they live, since we all love the great outdoors and good weather, both of which the Bahamas has quite a lot! However there was another motivation and theme permeating Amos’ work, and for which he is well known. Spirituality was a big factor in his life, and his belief in God and the Bible inspired most of his oeuvre.
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    Amos’ religious beliefs were inbred, as his father was a preacher and a carpenter on Exuma Island. Having left home at age 14, Amos worked as a house painter in Nassau, until his nephew told him that the Lord spoke to him in a dream, with a strong message that Amos should use his talent to create art. In his 40’s Amos started to paint prolifically; he concentrated on intensely personal religious paintings as well as brightly colored, joyous renderings of social rituals such as the Junkanoo festival.
    To quote his niece, Lorraine Bastian, “Ferguson credits his successful career and profound creative gift to his faith in God. Ferguson says that he ‘paints by faith, not by sight. Faith gives you sight.’ “
    “To paint, the Lord gives you a vision, a sight that you go by,” Amos once told a reporter. “But don’t forget you have to see and check the Bible and don’t forget God. And the more you keep up with your Bible, and get the understanding, the better you paint.” Amos Ferguson.
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    To quote Ute Stebich, an art historian who helped introduce Amos to the art world in the USA in the 1980’s,  “There is a tenderness, a generous and smiling attitude toward life, which may have its origin in the deeply rooted religiosity of the Bahamian people.”
    Another major collector of Amos, Sukie Miller, said: “Every time I passed his painting a strange thing happened: I heard Gospel music.”
    Erica James, director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, described Amos as a “dynamo,” and a very spiritual and passionate man who lived transparently.
    Geoffrey Holder, another collector of Amos’s work, wrote: “Ferguson’s work reminds me of the Garden of Eden before the Snake. It’s pure, it’s clean, it’s direct, uncluttered.”
    Another comment after his by death in 2009, by a news writer: ” Mr. Ferguson was a devout Christian and many believe that it was his infallible faith that lent him the courage and vision to fully explore and develop his unique and distinctive style.” Reuben Shearer, The Tribune, October 21, 2009.
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    Amos Ferguson was a sincere and genuine human being who loved God, his country, life, and the gift of his art. His simple lifestyle did not change or improve with his success and fame in the 1980’s, and the humble genius with a gentle and warm smile continued to paint until death took him to his Maker.
    The religious and Biblical paintings by Amos Ferguson are truly a tribute to his incredible life and career, revealing his heart and soul to those of us lucky enough to be a witness to this Master artist.
  5. “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.

  6. 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)

     

     

     

  7. 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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  8. 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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    Twins

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    Bird Family

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    Downtown Nassau


  9. 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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