Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) Mexican Couple P1229


A strong graphic sense makes this 1954 oil especially striking, attesting to Kelsey's twin vocations as printmaker and painter. Price on request. San Diego native Richmond Irwin Kelsey's life is a map to the development of the arts in Southern California in the 20th century. After studying at the Otis Art Institute, as well as with Frank Morley Fletcher he taught, ...

Alexander Melville Portrait of a Mexican Officer c 1865 Oil on Canvas P1186


Alexander Melville (active 1846-1886) was a successful, and occasionally itinerant, British portrait painter who travelled through Europe and the Americas in search of commissions. This gentleman came to us paired with his wife (P1185) from a collector of Mexican art. We had it cleaned and restored, revealing a really first-class  work. Very fine details. Top-flight. Unfortunately the ...

Mexican 19th Century Retablo With Its Saint circa 1860 RARE M799


An utterly magical duo. Enchanting and powerful. The tiny saint is dressed and adorned with turquoise needs. A floral wreath seems to float above it. Completely otherworldly and yet also the comforting familiar of the household. A historic treasure in our eyes, a special window on a culture. Price on request.

Hipolito Camacho Adam and Eve and the Serpent Tree of Life M797


This awe-inspiring tableau is the work of Hipolito Camacho of Metepec, Estado de Mexico. There's a picture of an almost identical piece on p. 136 of Lenore Hoag Mulryan's Ceramic Trees of Life published by UCLA's Fowler Museum in 2003. Red clay painted white, it seems to vibrate with energy. The life force made concrete. The earthly paradise. Dwarfed ...

Mahlon Andrew Sidwell (1853-1946) Oil Portrait of a Mexican Man P1178


Born in Indiana on Sept. 3, 1853. Sidwell settled in the Oakland-Alameda area in 1896. He advertised as an artist in the Oakland City Directory of 1906. In the 1930s he painted "good little sketches of a sweet and conservative nature" while an employee of the Federal Art Project. Judging by this exquisite, almost miniature, ...