Just about everyone collects something and
Jeff’s predilection was old license plates.
This one came from “90 Miles to Cuba” an antique shop owned by Linda
Rieke down the street from the Gallery on Greene in Key West.
Linda has a wonderful aesthetic and
always has fascinating antiques and collectables especially signs
and old plates. Jeff always visited when he was delivering paintings
to the gallery a few doors down.
He came in one day like looking like a child on Christmas morning
with this Cuban plate wanting to know all about it. “You speak
Spanish Nance. What does this all mean?” “Well, it’s a plate from
June or July of 1959.” I said. “Oh my! And what does particular
mean?” he asked. “It means private Jeff”, I said a little confused
at his enthusiasm. “Look at this Nance”, says Jeff, “it must be from
the last private car in all of Cuba. That was when Castro attacked
the Machado barrack.”
Jeff was a big history buff and liked that Cuban plate so much that
he used it in his first Trompe L’oeil (trick the eye) painting
called “The Relic”. It looks so life-like that we had to put a big
sign up saying “DO NOT TOUCH!”
We have this Limited Edition of 250 Giclee
available on archival paper in the following sizes.
Small (image size
approx 8"x10" ) $400
Medium (approx. 18"x24")
Large (approx. 30"x40")
We also have:
Print to Canvas
Gallery on Greene (305)
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