New York Folk Artist William Fellini
Prior to starting Erin Lane Estate 3 years ago I was a commercial real estate and wedding photographer. I do all the photography here at Erin Lane Estate. Our buyer Carlos will stage things for me to photograph. Last week I was given a collection of art to shoot and I was completely smitten by artist William Fellini's art. Not only are his idyllic scenes comforting and inspiring, but when you flip over the canvas there is another incredible painting en verso. We obtained about 8 pieces and I was fascinated by his story. I love when an artist re-uses his canvases. Its a 2 for 1.
He painted still-lifes, landscapes, and figures in landscapes, but for about twenty-five years he earned his living as a New York City housepainter and decorator. Though his works are colorful and robust, he never sold a painting during his lifetime. His training as a painter and decorator contributed to his skill. It was noted that Fellini was so poor he always painted on the reverse side of the canvas. Art is so personal and I'm always grateful that I get to be the "keeper" for the time being.
You can view the whole collection here.