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About American Primitive Gallery
The Eye to discover remarkable art and antiques has been the cornerstone of American Primitive Gallery. Aarne Anton has been presenting an eclectic mix of American Folk Art, antique objects as art, and Outsider Art by self taught artists for over 30 years. Among our past notable exhibitions were Signs of the Times, Weathervanes and Whirligigs, Mask Images, The Sports Show, Carved Canes, Obsessive & Accumulative Art, The Horse Show, Cast and Forged Iron, Cats and Dogs, Figures in Folk Art, Carnivals and Arcades, Visions of Space & UFOs in Art, and Folk Erotica. We are also pioneers in presenting Visionary and Outsider art and exhibiting at the Outsider Art Fair as a founding member and represent remarkable artists and artist's estates.
Carved Wood Folk Art Eagle by Axel Gustafson
Carved Wood Folk Art Eagle by Axel Gustafson
Axel Gustafson
Vintage 1920s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Carved and painted eagle with folded wings was carved by Axel Gustafson (1867-1945) in Western New York State. The eagle has excellent original paint. The eyes appear to be copper ta...
Carnival Shooting Gallery Target Deer Spinners
Carnival Shooting Gallery Target Deer Spinners
Unknown
Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Carnival Art
Iron
An unusual arcade target group cut from iron and mounted on a rod so that targets would spin if hit. Well drawn animal forms on rods.
Cold Weather Aviation Mask of Blue Cloth
Cold Weather Aviation Mask of Blue Cloth
Unknown
Vintage 1940s American Machine Age Mounted Objects
Mask made for face protection from cold at higher altitudes. A similar mask was loaned to the Museum of Modern Art for exhibition Modern Masks and Helmets some years ago. This type o...
Charles Hart Carved Wood Emperor Penguin
Charles Hart Carved Wood Emperor Penguin
Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Charles Hart (1862-1960) was a stone contractor and mason in Glouchester, Massachusetts who became known as a carver of fine duck decoys. Hart also had a passion for penguins which h...
Abraham Lincoln Black Ceramic Head
Abraham Lincoln Black Ceramic Head
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Ceramics
Clay
Antique glazed ceramic black Lincoln head. The piece was made in Ohio probably by someone working in the tile and pipe factories from the look of the clay. Finely modeled with textur...
Raymond Coins Stone Angel
Raymond Coins Stone Angel
Raymond Coins
Vintage 1980s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art
Stone
Raymond Coins (1904-1998) achieved fame for his stone carvings done with local river rock in North Carolina. He carved both animals and figures as well as religious subjects. His sc...
Double Stone Head by Ted Ludwiczak
Double Stone Head by Ted Ludwiczak
Ted Ludwiczak
Early 2000s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art
Stone
Ted Ludwickzak began carving stone heads after retiring from making hard contact lenses. He began when he needed to repair a stone retaining wall. Seeing what he thought was a face i...
Welmon Sharlehorne Drawing of Dragon
Welmon Sharlehorne Drawing of Dragon
Welmon Sharlhorne
1990s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art
Paper
Drawing by Welmon Sharlhorne of in imagined dragon with a clock in the body. Sharlhorne is a well known self-taught artist from Louisiana. This is ink on paper matted.
Fish Shop Trade Sign
Fish Shop Trade Sign
Unknown
Early 2000s American Folk Art Signs
Tin
Unusual large sturgeon sign made from tin cans for Slick 50 resin engine coating joined together and cut for mouth, tail and fins with bobber hanging from mouth. Northern Mid-West.
Bull Head Wood Sculpture
Unknown
Early 20th Century American Brutalist Mounted Objects
Wood
An old found wood sculptural form of a bull 's head mounted over a metal base. Made of an elongated triangular "head" with a crossbar bolted on. Nice old surface which is different ...
Terry Turrell Painting "10 Steps From Where You...
Terry Turrell
2010s American Other Paintings
Plywood
Terry Turrell painting on panel with metal tube edging painted. Terry is a self taught artist living in the North West who often includes the animals he lives with in his paintings.
Heart of the Home Cast Iron Stove Door
Unknown
Antique Early 1900s American Folk Art Mounted Objects
Iron
The wood or coal stove used to be the heart of the home. One stove maker around used this sentiment in designing a stove door with a vent shaped like a heart. The heart shaped iron f...
Slavery Emancipation Wood Figure
Unknown
Early 20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Incised into the base for this figure are the words MASON DIXON N/S LINE referring to the divide between the South of slavery and the North of free states. The figure carved from a s...
Charles Eames Molded Plywood Leg Splint
Charles Eames
Vintage 1940s American Modern Mounted Objects
Plywood
Charles and Ray Eames designed leg splint of sculptural and lightweight design. Made by Evans Products for the US military for use in WWII. The plywood splint is mounted as a work o...
Marble Sundial with Incised Figures by HD
Unknown
Vintage 1920s American Folk Art Garden Ornaments
Marble
This is the earliest marble carvings known by the mysterious artist identified by his initials HD incised 1927. The unidentified artist is believed to have worked in the Philadelphia...
Cast Metal Swan Sculpture Mold
Unknown
Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Architectural Elements
Zinc
Sculptural large swan mold with intricate detailing. The swan mold is made in two pieces and wired together and has been mounted on a metal base. I do not know what the cast zinc pi...
Robert Adale Davis String Goat Sculpture
Robert Adale Davis
2010s American Organic Modern Animal Sculptures
Robert Adale Davis makes string art among other things. The Texas self-taught artist has combined colored string and cloth with wire and a movers strap to create a fanciful animated ...
Ionel Talpazan 'Artist, Visionary and Universe'
Ionel Talpazan
1990s American Space Age Outsider and Self Taught Art
Canvas
Ionel Talpazan (1956-2015) is a self taught artist known for art depicting space and UFOs. This is one of two large paintings that he did to sum up his beliefs about the universe. Io...
Iron Tool Hay Bale Harpoon of Abstract Form
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Machine Age Mounted Objects
Iron
Mechanical iron tool for retrieving bales of hay. The nose spike goes into the hay bale and tilts from the handle to pull the bale of hay. Mounted on an American Primitive black met...
Wood Folk Art Figure
Vintage 1960s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Wood yard show figure originally found in Maine. The unpainted figure has applied metal for eyes with buttons for eyes and curled metal for hair. There is a stringed necklace with ...
Iron Bullseye Targets from Arcade Shooting Gallery
Unknown
Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Carnival Art
Iron
Graphic cast iron shooting gallery targets from a carnival. These have had decades of use and paint and are now mounted over black metal bases as works of art.
Carnival Arcade Shooting Gallery Bullseye Targe...
Unknown
Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Carnival Art
Iron
In carnival arcades were shooting galleries the a variety of iron targets. These were sometimes motorized to turn or had bells to ring when hit in the centre. As they were used over ...
Carved Reclining Woman on Chaise Carved by Fred...
Fred Alten
Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Fred K. Alten (1872 - 1945) from Wyandote Michigan was known for his carvings of folk art animals in circus wagons. This is the only figural piece of his that I have seen. It has the...
Marble Relief with Reclining Nude
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Garden Ornaments
Marble
Carved marble building panel with reclining woman. The piece appears to have been installed outdoors, possibly in a garden as there is weathering and some oxidation. From a NY privat...
Purvis Young Painting White Horses and Heads
Purvis Young
Late 20th Century American Folk Art Contemporary Art
Masonite
Purvis Young (1943-2010) was an acclaimed artist living and working in the Overtown section of Miami. He was discovered as a street artist painting on found material and adhering the...
Native American Stone Bird Net Weight
Unknown
Antique 15th Century and Earlier American Native American Native America...
Stone
Chip carved sandstone bird effigy with forward thrust head with large socket eyes. There is a conical hole behind the head that connects to a second conical hole in the back between ...
Limestone Planter with Carved Horse Rooster Cow...
Unknown
Vintage 1920s American Folk Art Planters and Jardinieres
Limestone
Spectacular sculptural planter made in two parts. The base in the form of a tree trunk has a relief carved snake, a bird, and a plant. Sitting on it is a square architecturally forme...
Sam Gant Ghost Space American Primitive Gallery
Sam Gant
1990s American Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art
Paper
Paint on paper by Samuel Gant (1955-2000) a California self taught artist who overcame his disabilities to make compelling paintings in California. Images of spaceships became a pers...
NWC Ceremonial Wool Button Blanket
Antique Late 19th Century Canadian Native American Native American Objects
Wool
There was a tradition among the Tlingit people of the Northwest Coast for the women to make button blankets. Utilizing the wool blankets that they acquired through trade they made bl...
Thoroughbred Horse Masked Blanket
Unknown
Mid-20th Century American Other Mounted Objects
Wool
Well made wool horse blanket with head covering to keep biting horse flies away from vulnerable part of the horse. I'm told thoroughbred horses are especially irritated by the biting...
Cast Iron Wagon Brake
Unknown
Early 20th Century American Industrial Abstract Sculptures
Iron
This stepped sculptural iron form was made for use on the factory floor to secure the iron and wood carts piled with heavy lads of materials. The piece was set to bock the wheels to ...

Charles Benefiel Drawing

By Charles Benefiel
Charles Benefiel Drawing
Charles Benefiel
1990s American Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art
Paper
Charles Benefiel drawing created with ink dots worked in stipple with a rapidograph pen on arches paper. The paper was washed with tea to tone it and then made darker with furniture ...
Steer Head Folk Art Wall Sculpture
Unknown
Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Carved and assembled wood steer head with applied horns and eyes of bike reflectors. Made by an unknown artist to hang on a wall instead of an actual animal head.
Ionel Talpazan Painting Dimensional Astronomy i...
Ionel Talpazan
1990s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art
Canvas
Ionel Talpazan (1956-2015) is known for his paintings of space and UFOs. Born in Romania he had an experience with a UFO when he was 8 years old that affected himhis entire life and ...
Revolutionary War Soldier Whirligig Weathervane
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Carved and painted soldier standing on arrow whirligig that also worked as a weathervane with the wooden arrow pointing the wind direction. The figure is wearing a revolutionary war ...
Ionel Talpazan UFO over Planet Painting
Ionel Talpazan
1990s American Space Age Outsider and Self Taught Art
Canvas
Ionel Talpazan (1956-2015) was a self taught artist known for paintings about UFOs, space, and an imagined future. He was born in Romania and had an UFO visitation experience when he...
Painted Sign of St Louis with Busch Baseball St...
Unknown
Late 20th Century American Folk Art Paintings
Plywood
An outdoor painting from a group of anonymous panels depicting Busch stadium and the St Louis skyline. What elevated the painting is the abstract depiction of the ballpark and the pa...
Carved Wood Caryatid Figure with Arms Crossed o...
Early 20th Century American Folk Art Figurative Sculptures
Wood
Carving that may have been architectural or from a piece of fanciful furniture. The arresting female figure has her arms crossed over her chest with a downward gaze. The carving has...
Lewis Smith Drawing of Athletic Dancers
Lewis Smith
Vintage 1980s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art
Paper
Lewis Smith (1907-1998) was an eccentric self taught artist in rural Ohio. He had a lifetime railroad pass that allowed him to follow women's athletics in schools and colleges that h...
Jimmy Lee Sudduth Painting Rows of People
Jimmy Lee Sudduth
1990s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art
Wood
Jimmy Lee Sudduth is a legendary Southern self taught artist known for his graphic images painted with native clay and house paints. This painting on wood panel is one od his figural...
California Amusement Park Metal Head
Unknown
Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art
Zinc
Cast zinc head with threaded hole is back for attachment to water pipe. The head has holes in the eyes and nose and top of head for squirting out water probably in the fun house. It ...
Early Graphic Wood Snowshoes
Unknown
Antique 1890s American Adirondack Decorative Art
Wood
Rare pair of bentwood snowshoes with wood dowels crosspieces pegged to frame. There are shaped wood pieces to strap on the boots with remains of old leather straps. Wonderful old r...
Terry Turrell Scupture "Stone Owl"
Terry Turrell
2010s American Other Figurative Sculptures
Stone
Figural sculpture by Terry Turrell of carved and painted wood. The figure is holding a stone with an owl carved in relief and wired to the arms. There are numbers written on the uppe...
Wood Polar Bears on Mantle Clock with Pair of P...
Unknown
Vintage 1920s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Fanciful creation by unknown NH maker of a mantel clock with carved polar bears. A pair of painted wood vases came with it each flanked by a pair of birds which appear to be penguins...
Iron Fisherman in Bed Folk Sculpture
Unknown
Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Iron
Unusual folk piece of a fisherman in bed with his wood pole and fish lures connected to an IV and some wires to his head. Written on the bed with a torch the word CAIN. This is a one...
Carved Hand Holding Wood Pipe
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Early finely carved pipe bowl. What is unusual is the hand holding the pipe bowl which is smoked from a hole in the wrist of the hand. The wood may be maple with darkened patina of o...
Young Horse Wood Folk Sculpture
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wool
Folk sculpture of carved wood with joined legs and marble inset eyes. The horse has a marine primer with brown bubbly paint over it.
Carved Wood Puzzle Cane with Four Beavers
Unknown
Antique 1890s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Remarkable cane showing virtuoso carving of the upper openwork spiral with a ball in cage below followed by four carved beavers and a knobby lower portion. The can has an added top h...
Folk Art Wood Horse Pull Toy
Unknown
Antique 1890s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Carved wood horse with a broad neck and great lines. An unknown folk artist would have carved this horse with old dark finish with a varnish coat. The head has a white marking as wel...
Jim Bauer 'Bow Tie Daddy' Aluminium Robot Sculp...
Jim Bauer
1990s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art
Aluminum
Jim Bauer has collected aluminium kitchenware for years and he assembles art pieces putting together fanciful assemblages. This figure incorporating a vintage coffee pot has colored ...
Child's Cloth Pocket Doll with Human Hair
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Toys
Fabric
From a Pennsylvania collection of cloth folk dolls comes this well dressed doll with sewn on human hair. The face is drawn on and there is in use wear to the head. There is a white c...
Forged Iron Snake and Horseshoe Intertwined
Unknown
Antique Early 1900s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Iron
The art of the blacksmith in a nonfunctional sculpture probably made as a gift. After making endless utilitarian pieces of iron work. The unknown creator has formed the iron into a f...
Wood Flying Canada Goose Folk Sculpture
Unknown
Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes
Wood
Flying Canada goose carving with extended neck and legs pulled up in the back. There is a hole in the bottom where it was attached and used as a weathervane or trade sign. It had wi...
Whirligig with Propeller and Two Men in Hats Pu...
Unknown
Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Complex wind animated whirligig with a pair of figures moving back and forth on a platform. Lightly weathered old paint on the wood structure. Mounted over metal base.
Ted Ludwiczak Banded Stone Carved Head
Ted Ludwiczak
Early 2000s American Outsider Art Outsider and Self Taught Art
Sandstone
Ted Ludwiczak was known for carving numerous stone sculptures of stone heads. His home became an environment that has been written about in different publications from Raw Vision to ...
Painted Bone Fetish Assemblage Sculpture from K...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings
Bone
Most unusual bone sculpture assembled of a cow skull with two spires of back bones with wood stick joiner. The piece is painted with red and black markings creating eyes and faces in...
Eskimo Hide Doll with Hide Face
Unknown
Antique Mid-19th Century American Tribal Native American Objects
Hide
Eskimo doll finely sewn of seal hide with remains of fur. The jacket has delicate stitching at bottom of coat. The features are sewn onto the face. Mounted on modern stand.
Graphic Bulls Eye Target Ring Toss Game Board
Unknown
Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Game Boards
Wood
Painted red, white and black graphic ring toss Game with applied numbers painted on board. The game board is designed to hang on the diagonal in a diamond shape. Iron hooks would cat...
Cellular Automation Drawing by Daniel Martin Diaz
Daniel Martin Diaz
2010s American Outsider Art Drawings
Paper
Mystical drawing by Daniel Martin Diaz worked with ink and crimson pencil on paper.
Religious Revival Tent in St Louis with Souls R...
George K. French
Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Remarkable painting picturing the skyline of St Louis with a religious revival tent set up in foreground. Jesus is depicted in the sky above surrounded by disciples. From all corne...
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