The Original Beetles

Artist:Bill Layne
Date:1960s
Medium:Gouache on illustration board
Dimensions:Sight size 9" by 11" Framed 19" by 23"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Published illustration art of unknown usage
Price:$2,500.00 on sale $1,875.00

 

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The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

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A silly and brilliant madcap gouache painting by one of our favorite late period calendar illustrators Bill Layne, titled The Original Beetles. Captured on stage (or is it a daisy pod), are a mod trio of mop topped bugs making a racket as a trio version of England's pop sensation the Beatles. This was a published illustration likely commissioned by The Louis F. Dow Calendar Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota where the artist was active during the band's heyday. This could have been created to coincide with The Beatles only appearance in the Twin Cities, an August 21, 1965 show at Metropolitan Stadium.

View of gouache before framing showing publication labels

View of gouache before framing showing publication labels

Margin notations detail

Margin notations detail

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Full framed view



 

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