An inventive example of modern abstract art by the prolific pulp artist Virgil Finlay, signed and dated 1966 and titled on verso “Gambling Man.” This is done in mixed media – oil paint on masonite, with pen and ink, and raised translucent glowing drips that add a spatial dimensional feel. A juxtaposition of planes and levels that create another dimension as if you are looking deep into the painting. Notations found on the back of the painting in Virgil Finlay’s handwriting read “The buttons of the jailer,” January 6, 1966, on reading Brian Moore Coffey. Smartly framed and ready to hang.
Modernist and inventive in style this unusual example deftly shows the technical mastery and imagination of this important American illustrator.