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Lee Reynolds Paintings

American, 1936-2017

Lee Reynolds Burr opened his Vanguard Studios in Beverly Hills, California, in 1964 to make oil paintings an attainable decoration for any American household. With seascapes, nautical scenes, still lifes, bullfights, cowboys, pastoral views, hot-air balloons, horse races and abstractions, there was a Vanguard Studios creation to match any taste and interior.

Born in Los Angeles, Burr studied art at the University of Southern California. After graduating and a stint in the U.S. Army, he worked in a local studio as a painter before becoming a home decor entrepreneur with financial support from his mother.

Only a fraction of the alleged hundreds of thousands of oil paintings produced by Vanguard were actually painted by Burr, even though they were signed “Lee Reynolds,” “Lee Burr” or just “Reynolds.” (As he would later state, those signed solely “Lee Reynolds Burr” were by his own hand, and he would sometimes include a thumbprint as proof.) Instead, a team of artists organized in an assembly line hand-painted and copied works on an eclectic range of subjects, the originals often being created by Burr while other canvases were purchased at auctions in Europe and reproduced at Vanguard. Sold in furniture stores and through interior decorators nationwide, the Reynolds-signed paintings soon became ubiquitous above couches in living rooms all over the United States.

These paintings regularly mirrored art-world trends, such as the Abstract Expressionism of the 1960s, but at prices that were much more affordable than fine art. Vanguard Studios was sold to the Kirsch Company in 1974, but Burr’s name was still used on Vanguard paintings. Burr would start East Park Gallery in 1981 and continue to produce works in a more contemporary style until his retirement in 1998.

In the collection of Impressionist and abstract paintings on 1stDibs, find a range of authentic Lee Reynolds paintings.

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Creator: Lee Reynolds
Massive Abstract Painting, 1970s
By Lee Reynolds
Located in West Reading, PA
This is a large scale painting, hailing from the 70s. Its a wonderfully warm combination of colors that instantly brings a punch of happiness to any room that it resides in. The piec...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Oil On Canvas Lee Reynolds Impressionist Black Cat 3D Blowing Curtain
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Toledo, OH
Original oil on canvas by Impressionist artist Lee Reynolds. Black cat walking on a window ledge of a stone house with three dimensional curtain blowing. Overall light crazing. Image...
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Canvas

Original Signed Chinoiserie Style Painting of a Crane by Lee Reynolds
By Lee Reynolds
Located in West Hartford, CT
Large original chinoiserie style painting of a crane, the symbol of longevity and good luck in Asia. It is displayed in a faux bamboo frame. Signed by Lee Reynolds.
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Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

Pair of Abstract Paintings by American Artist, Lee Reynolds, 1970s
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A pair of oil on canvas abstract paintings by Lee Reynolds with gilt and copper tones over pastel colours, 1970s Lee Reynolds paintings were mostly acrylics or oil-based mediums, ...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Paint

Monumental Sailboat Painting by Lee Reynolds Vanquard Studios
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Redding, CT
Monumental Sailboat Painting by Lee Reynolds of Vanguard studios. Minimalist design of sailboats in muted cream and brown tones. Framed in a gun metal colored frame. White glove ship...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

Gorgeous Large-Scale Lee Reynolds Abstract Painting, Mid-Century Modern
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A large, Mid-Century Modern abstract painting featuring beautiful brown, yellow, and beige hues in varying intensities. This piece has a dark brown wood frame with a gold trim. Sign...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds Paintings

Lee Reynolds Burr
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Hanover, MA
1960s oil on canvas abstract painting signed 'Reynolds'. This large scale artwork features a bright white ground with vivid yellow, orange, red and pink textured palette knife detail...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Aluminum

Vintage Lee Reynolds Gray Floral Painting
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Naples, FL
Beautiful oversized Lee Reynolds acrylic floral painting with texture on canvas. Painting has a gold metal frame and is signed in bottom left corner. Hanging hardware is attached.
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Mid-20th Century American Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Metal

Large Abstract Oil on Canvas by Lee Reynolds Burr For Vanguard Studios
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Redding, CT
Large abstract oil on canvas by Lee Reynolds Burr for Vanguard Studios. Heavy impasto abstract canvas with fire engine reds, black, white and yellow. Framed in a chrome 1970s frame.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Chrome

Vintage Lee Reynolds Sunrise Painting
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Naples, FL
Oversized Lee Reynolds acrylic on canvas painting signed in lower left corner. Painting has great texture with a white wood frame that has a silver accent. Hanging hardware is attached.
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Late 20th Century American Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Vintage Signed Lee Reynolds Studio Textured Abstract Painting
By Lee Reynolds, Vanguard Studios
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Lee Reynolds, Vanguard Studios original signed textured abstract oil painting. Large Lee Reynolds abstract oil painting by Vanguard Studios. Gorgeous large-scale Lee Reynolds...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Canvas

Vintage Lee Reynolds Large Abstract
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Naples, FL
Oversized Lee Reynolds abstract acrylic painting on canvas signed in lower right corner. Painting has great texture and a gold metal frame. Hanging hardware is attached.
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Late 20th Century American Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Metal

Vintage Lee Reynolds Seashell Painting
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Naples, FL
Oversized Lee Reynolds acrylic seashell painting with magnificent texture on canvas. Painting is signed in bottom right corner. Hanging hardware is attached.
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Late 20th Century American Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Metal

Lee Reynolds Large Abstract Painting Vanguard Studio
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Westport, CT
Large Lee Reynolds abstract oil painting circa 1960s for Vanguard Studios original tag to back with a polished aluminum original frame.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Metal

Large Mid-Century Modern Abstract Painting
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Bold abstract painting having sensual shapes in earth colors, reminiscent of rock forms. Original silver metal frame. Signed lower left Lee Reynolds. In the manner of Burr. Paint...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Canvas

Lee Reynolds Impressionist Garden Oil On Canvas
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Chicago, IL
Lee Reynolds, American (1936-), oil on canvas impressionistic garden scene of cobble stones, blue iris, crimson fox gloves and red poppies. Finished in simple brushed brass gallery s...
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1970s American Vintage Lee Reynolds Paintings

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Canvas

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Lee Reynolds paintings for sale on 1stDibs

Lee Reynolds paintings are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Lee Reynolds paintings to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 20 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Lee Reynolds' original paintings were created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider paintings by Jacob Semiatin, Kenneth Joaquin and Pascal Cucaro if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Lee Reynolds paintings can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $875 and tops out at $4,817, while pieces like these can sell for $2,140 on average.

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