Thursday, February 5, 2009
Outsider Art by Harper
Ann Harper is an accomplished clinician and advocate for children, besides being a crackerjack artist. Her paintings are dark, deep, and fascinating, her imagination, boundless. This spectacular painting, titled from a line from Credidimus Jovem Ragnari by James Russell Lowell is called "Pretty Dears". The line is " A doll stuffed out with hopes and fears, too homely for us pretty dears."
The little girl protectively clings to her doll, as they both seem to wait for an uncertain future. The painting has gallery wrapped edges, not requiring framing, and measures 24" x 36" x 2". The price is $1650. The smoothly textured black background does not reflect the glare of this photo. Many of Ann Harpers paintings sell in galleries for $4000 to $5000, so this is a very reasonable price. A gallery favorite!