Tony Smith SHIRLEY KENT ORIGINAL OIL PORTRAIT ON CANVAS "THE FOX BOA" 1972
UK Tony Smith 1972 Original Signed by Illustrator
TONY SMITH "THE FOX BOA" ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS. This stunning oil painting is the artist's original work. The ORIGINAL OIL ON BOARD. Smith is well knw for his F1 and motor car paintings and prints, but here is a very rare original oil painting in his pre-publication days. From when he was unknown. He became passionate about motor racing in the mid forties at a time when there was no racing, so all his research was developed from books about the pre-war period of motor sport. His first major journey took him from Birmingham to Silverstone for the 1948 Grand Prix ! His subjects have ranged from portrait painting & drawing planes, Trains and military scenes, but it is the challenge of capturing speed in motor racing that occupies most of his time. His collaboration with Washington Green and the Halcyon Gallery began in 1987 and since then he has produced many limited edition prints. The painting on offer here was a private commission for a long time friend of Smith's, the singer songwriter Shirley Kent. Shirley Kent has also signed the reverse of the painting (see images) This is a very rare original signature by hand from one of the most collectible artists of the late 60s. As founder member of THE GHOST, THE GHOST was formed by singer/guitarist Paul Eastment (formerly of Velvett Fogg) in Birmingham during 1969. Drummer Charlie Grima was formerly with the Wellington Kitch Jump Band. The original name for the band was "Holy Ghost" but was soon shortened in order to avoid negative publicity. Singer/songwriter Shirley Kent joined the line up and they started recording an album in 1969 with a single being released from it entitled When You're Dead. The single and the resulting album that came out in early 1970 on the Gemini Records label. The Ghost have an amazing sound that blows similar acts like The Doors away. Quality progressive rock, with a very strong folk influence that was probably due to Shirley Kent's involvement. A second Ghost single was released later in 1970 but Shirley Kent left the group soon after to start a solo career. The remaining members continued after changing the band's name to Resurrection but later split up with no further recordings being released. Charlie Grima went on to join Roy Wood's chart-topping group Wizzard (see The Move) and later embarked on an acting career. Former Ghost members Paul Eastment and Terry Guy also appeared on Shirley Kent's solo album that was released in 1975. Danny MacGuire died in 1998. This is a truly incredible and unique The Ghost - Shirley Kent autograph. A very hard item to find. Highly collectable and a surefired investment. 100% authenticity. A fantastic original The Ghost - Shirley Kent autograph and personal oil painting of her as shown. The Ghost - Shirley Kent AUTOGRAPHS and Tony Smith early original oil paintings ARE HARDER TO FIND NOWADAYS. Here is a great signed The Ghost - Shirley Kent autographed First Edition. A truly stunning The Ghost - Shirley Kent signature. ORIGINAL GENUINE autograph.ORIGINAL oil on canvas. Framed as shown by the artist. The piece being offered here is one of the artists most beautiful paintings on the open market today. Showing Shirley Kent with her boa. This oil measures (approx) + frame and is ideal for a home or office wall. Professionaly framed to gallery standard. A truly magnificent centrepiece for any collector's home, office or gallery, I am sure you will agree. This very special original oil is an incredible opportunity, especially when other worldwide monetry markets are weak, the art market is a fantastic way to invest. This ORIGINAL truly needs to be seen to appreciate the wonderful depth of texture created by the artist's process of painting. A unique opportunity to own a genuine rare and beautiful piece of modern art. There is some edge and handling wear over the years but nothing serious. Tony Smith has also added (in his own hand) the name of the painting "The Fox Boa" and his own home address in pencil to the rear of the painting by Shirley's signature. A VERY RARE ITEM. A GREAT ORIGINAL SHIRLEY KENT AUTOGRAPH & TONY SMITH OIL PAINTING. Genuine SHIRLEY KENT HAND SIGNED ITEMS & TONY SMITH OIL PAINTINGS ARE HARD TO COME ACROSS NOWADAYS. Here is a great hand signed SHIRLEY KENT & TONY SMITH OIL PAINTING. Buy your SHIRLEY KENT signed items & TONY SMITH OIL PAINTINGS from the leading SHIRLEY KENT autograph & TONY SMITH OIL PAINTING expert on the internet, RAREANDSIGNED.