Archive for April 9, 2012

Happy Easter Special…. Board game master painter Tim Liddy….

On line and land based gallery: William Shearburn located in St. Louis, Missouri.

mediums used: oils, enamel, urethane, sculpture

surfaces used: copper and steel

low price range: $5,000

high price range: $15,000

The artist also takes commissions that range from $3,000 to $11,000.  Find your old favorite board game and send it to this artist! Maybe even have him age it more by painting dog ears on the pages and adding tape.  If you can’t find your favorite board game look for it on ebay.

A short lecture given my the artist that covers his life from age 16 to current. Its awesome to hear what inspired him and the incidents he had to overcome to get where he is today. Its nice to see the progression of the artist in a slide show. At age 16 he broke his neck playing hockey and was nearly motionless for one year. He started drawing as a way to rehab his arms and legs and just feel in love with the process of creating. The disability made him learn the power of high goals and a strong work ethic.

The artist was born in Dearborn, Michigan in 1963. He studied overseas in Florence, Italy.  He attended college at the Center for Creative Studies located in Detroit, Michigan and received a bachelors degree.  Attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and earned a masters degree in fine art.  He is a tenured professor at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.


This artist is well known for painting fantastic images of board games. The games may be real or invented by himself, he never says for sure.  The paintings are trompe works meant to “trick” the eye.  The artist paints mainly with oils and enamel on copper or steel.

An avid hockey enthusiast who loves the National Hockey League.

The board games works give a flash back to a different and simpler era. Many games don’t feature one single minority on the cover, they mainly include only white males.

The artist’s own website:

What I enjoy most about the artist is his ideas of paintings. Its a very unique niche he has found for himself and many of the paintings weren’t real games at all. They exist only in his head.  The artist is similar to Chuck Close in that he had to rehab in order to keep producing art.  For his mode of transportation the artist uses a segway, the motorized two wheeled power vehicle. The artist has had to overcome a lot to succeed and has become one of the nations premiere artists in the process.

Happy painting and happy holidays!







Another death in our artist family….Thomas Kinkade dead aged 54….

Thomas Kinkade who was estimated to be have art in 1 out of 20 homes died at age 54 of natural causes, autopsy should be reported this coming week.

He was quite a character. He considered himself a great christian and used christian as the middle name of all 4 of his daughters.

I think every person has positive and negative elements about them. Mr. Kinkade  in overall was perhaps the best businessman artist ever, before him no visual artist had sold one million items. He was a great businessman, but had to pay out nearly one million dollars to take care of some fraud. I think the artist had a great positive affect on the art world, perhaps similar to Bob Ross in the way he excited all income levels of his happy folksy style.

After he became famous and sold his prints even on the Home Shopping Network, he saved the originals for his daughters.

I have never studied his style in depth, but give him respect as an artist and more as an art businessman. I will miss his works.

Rest in Peace Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light.

The artist was my posting for my 300th entry, here is the link.