Limited Edition Red Skelton Painting - Balloon Man
Red Skelton was born in 1913, the son of a circus clown. Skelton himself got one of his earliest tastes of show business with that same circus and decided to become an entertainer at age 9. Through all of his career, Red never forgot his roots, and always seemed to fall back to the familiar -the clown. He decided to try his hand at art at an early age painting a variety of subjects. He states "In the beginning I could not afford paint brushes, so I cut locks of my hair and glued these to a stick. I would stay after school and clean the paint pots, saving some for myself". As time passed, both his work and his financial status improved. He purchased the necessary supplies and decided to try his hand at art. Since he had such a knowledge and passion of clowns, Red made them the primary subject of his artwork. His original works are rare and often bring several thousand dollars each. In the early 1980's the Estate of Red Skelton authorized the reproduction of some of his original oil paintings. These reproductions were produced in limited quantities. Red oversaw this production. He signed each piece and provided a certificate of authenticity. This is one of Mr. Skelton's a Limited Edition reproductions. It is entitled "Balloon Man". It comes with 2 certificates of authenticity. One is from Center Art Galleries, Honolulu Hawaii, where it was originally purchased. The other certificate is signed and sealed by Mr. Skelton and contains his thumbprint for additional authenticity. This print is # 142 of 5000 and dates to 1980. It is signed twice on the back (one is a personal note to the original owners). The canvas itself measures 14" by 18". It comes with the original frame.