Up for sale is a beautifully framed miniature oil painting by an artist from the state of Washington by the name of Mark J. Kessler. Mark passed away in 2007 at the age of 59, but was well known in the artist's community as a master in the art of "trompe L'oeil". Trompe L'oeil, translated from French literally means "to deceive or fool the eye", so it's a style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail. I got to know Mark in the mid to late 1980's and was in awe of his talent and the exquisite detail in all his paintings. The tiniest of detail came to life in everything he painted and boggled the mind how something so small could look so realistic.
Kessler's paintings covered a wide range of subjects including still life, natures' scenery, Native American Indian portraits, surreal social commentary images, miniatures and landscapes on jade or other stones. In his obituary it said, "He wowed at nature and did honor in capturing its color and detail. One is invited to reach into his works, tastes the fruit, touch the glass or feel the wetness of a dewdrop."
His works were exhibited and sold in galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA.; Washington, D.C.; New York; Seattle; Bosque, N.M.; Clearwater, Fla.; Nutley, N.J.; Skagway, AK, and Scottsdale, AZ. He received international recognition and numerous Best in Show awards. His last recent honor was Best in Show at the Winterfest Art Show 2006 in Soap Lake, WA awarded by the Art Guild of the Soap Lake Area. He was a kind and gentle man with a fierce passion for understanding everything he could about life and the world around him. He left this world too soon, his talent is sorely missed!
This particular piece was painted in oil with the finest size Winsor & Newton Series 7 sable brushes on a 3" x 3" canvas board. It depicts a hot air balloon "soaring" up in the clouds near sunset. The clouds have taken on the color of the setting sun while under the balloon a flock of Hawks circle the sky below. Inside the balloon basket stands a very tiny, yet very detailed man in an orange shirt waving at the ground below. The canvas is set in a black gilt-edge shadow box frame and matted with a beautiful burgundy velour-covered mat board with recessed beveled edges.
The frame is 9.25"L x 9.25"W x 2"D, fitted with picture wire for hanging and still has the original card mounted on the back from the shop that did the framing (The Frame Shop in Scottsdale, AZ). Condition of the frame is still excellent (after 30+ years) with only minimal wear to the finish, has a few scuffs & small scratches, but no dings or dents. There is a tiny bit of oxidation around the edges on the underside of the glass, but is only noticeable if you look closely. Overall weight of the framed piece is 1lb/14.3oz.
Shipping will be a flat rate of $12.50 (sorry, U.S. shipping only) & will be sent by USPS Priority Mail (2-3 business days). Return Policy: 14 days money back, buyer pays return shipping.
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