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shanley | 11:07 Sun 23rd Feb 2003 | Arts & Literature
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I have a very retro painting, oil on canvas, beige, orange, brown swirl. It is signed Letterman, can anybody help me find out who he is & if he has done anymore paintings? I can send a jpg of it to you if you would like to see.

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Just to recap from the 2003 posting I put up. My painting was found in a skip, we removed the old broken frame and hang just the canvas above our fireplace. Anymore news on that website?
I purchased my Letterman painting at a yard sale. It measures 62"x50." It is painted in gray and pink tones. There are geometric lines and a sphere in the back ground. The sphere reflects in the water where there are five beautiful, elegant flamingos wading. The tallest bird is 32" tall. The flamingos are hand painted brush strokes, but apprears the geometric sphere and the lines could have been done with a templet. The signature is in the left hand lower corner. The L underlines the ette. The two t's are crossed at the top with one line acorss both t's. The r and the m extend beyond the base of the name. The tag on the back indicates it was originally purchased at JC Pennys for over $100.00. I think I paid $25.00 for mine.
The typical "Letterman" painting is not a painting at all. Most of them were manufactured (using a silkscreen-like process) in China during the 1970s and sold at JC Penney for a retail price of $150 to $400 dollars.

The original artist was typically a "company man" or woman and therefore not acknowledged. They were contract or salary employees whose work-product property of the company they worked for.

Their work was copied much like a computer graphics image is copied to create T-shirts using multi-colored passes and a silk-screen pattern.

The "signature" is typically blocked style with the lower (horizontal) portion of the L extended.

If you're a collector of "That 70's Show" paintings.. then these might have some nostaligic value. :) but otherwise, they are simply quality (cleanable) oil prints that are hard to find at a reasonable price today.

The canvas is usually medium to good quality and the frames are lower quality (soft) wood and almost always painted and sometimes trimmed with plastic/metallics as well.
The typical "Letterman" painting is not a painting at all. Most of them were manufactured (using a silkscreen-like process) in the Far East (China or perhaps the Phillipines) during the 1970s and sold at JC Penney for a retail price of $150 to $400 dollars.

The original artist was typically a "company man" or woman and therefore not acknowledged. They were contract or salary employees whose work-product became property of the company they worked for.

Their work was copied much like a computer graphics image is used (copied) to create T-shirts using multi-colored passes and a silk-screen pattern.

The "signature" is typically blocked style letters with the lower (horizontal) portion of the L extended under the 'etter' part of the word Letterman.

If you're a collector of "That 70's Show" paintings.. these might have some nostaligic value. :) but otherwise, they are simply quality (cleanable) oil PRINTS that are hard to find at a reasonable price today.

The canvas is usually medium to good quality and the frames are lower quality (soft) wood and almost always painted and sometimes trimmed with plastic/metallics as well.

For those who may be skeptical.. simply compare two similiar paintings and the evidence will be apparent. Right down to the "simulated" brush-strokes possible with silk-screen technology.

One could stand in the isle of Penney's and choose paintings of the same image from a choice of different sizes and even different color schemes.

My Letterman "painting" is the "Rows of Trees" image and was done in a brown/tan/orange. He could have also bought the same image as green/yellow or blue/white versions.

Nonetheless, I'm proud I "rescued" it from his garage sale. They are nice pieces and a GREAT buy for $100 anyday!
I have a Letterman painting that I just purchased as a gift for my mother. It is the resting cat painting. Does anyone have any info?
I recent aquired a painting signed in bold writing Letterman. A very detailed beautiful cat painting, very large (60" x 48"). This is an artist named Antoinette. She mostly paints animals. Her work is very detailed and beautiful. She also is a scupture. You can view her work @ antoinetteart.com. She resides in the US, in Texas. Her email is antoinetteart@charter.net. If you love her work, and I do, she is liquidating her collection.
I forgot to tell you, she used the name Letterman for awhile. Her work was stolen and reproduced by a company in California, so many, especially the cat, were reproduced illegially. The painting of the cat is called Cashmere, the cat is a white himalayan. Please if you love her work, go to the site and purchase some more. She is a wonderful artist and you will be Blessed to have her works.
Sorry I gave some wrong information in regard to the Letterman Paintings.The website is: www.AntoinetteArt.net

Also Antoinette (Letterman) is liquidating the collection and her works are being sold for a fraction of the appraised value. If you haven't seen any others of Antionette's work please do yourselves a favor, you will be delighted.
I have the one of the retro swirls in the oranges , creams and browns --it is on Ebay right now --I have had it for quite awhile and an willing to part with it now as I don't have the space --I think I bought this at a yard sale several years ago --check on Ebay --this is the item number 150167575259
I have the oil on canvas that is in 3 sections --it is a retro --orange --brown and beiges --and set up properly it all fits together --I have just listed it on Ebay --it is item number 150167575259--it is 5' 6" long and over 3' high --it is signed LETTERMAN --take a look and see if you have ever seen this one --thanks ,Patty
I allso have just came across a Lettermen oil painting, found by my sister, we love it. The painting is of a winter scene leaf less trees with hazie fog in the back ground blacks grays any info on the artest would be wonderful. the painting is four foot by eight foot in size.

Yes can you send me some photos of the painting that you have because i'm interested in buying it. It's between 5000-7800$.
My e-mail address is masterliang_5@hotmail.com
I too have A Letterman painting, But their are three painting that make one retro scene. Their Zig Zag Lines, with colors of brown, tan, white, orange, and dark brown. The paint is ridged on the canvas (really cool)! If any one has one like it I would love to here about or if you have any info on the artist I would be so greatful. I did find an oil painter by the name of Martin Letterman but I dont know if its the same man.
I also have a Letterman 5' x 5,' but it is of three iris and two butterflys in shades of pink, cream, and greens with a moon in the background. Somewhat different from the brown shades I've been reading. The frame is simple cream colored. The lettering is the same as others have described. I love it.
I too have a Letterman, I purchased it from a shop in Dallas, Texas in 1980. It is a 3x5 tryptych geometric in browns and beige acrylic. I am interested to see that there are others like myself who would like to learn more about this artist.
I have a Letterman also...60" X 40" framed, winter scene, woods and water, leafless trees with Mallard ducks in flight. Aquired this when buying used furniture, it was "thrown in" with the sofa, etc. It's a beautiful painting.
Are the answers posted by Zhugeliang on Wed 020108 at 1.16 and Wed 020108 at 1.17 genuine or a con?
Whose painting was he going to buy for between $5000-$7800?
Seems I got to the right spot in regards to the Unknown Letterman Paintings... We were given one...an OWL perched on a log in the woods with a FULL MOON in the backdrop... Beautiful... 4' 4" x 3' 4". Would like to know the resale on this.. I went on ebay and found the cat that was mentioned.... I hope you get more than what you are asking..
Nice try "GrandPa". :) For those who happen to compare the "Letterman" paintings from the 70's that I described, its clear to see these are different artists, with different styles.

Artists don't "sign" in blocked letters. Using the blocked "signature" Letterman denotes a "FACTORY PRODUCED PRINT".. They are not paintings.. they are prints on canvas.

Obviously, an "artist" produced the original images. But the "artist" was a skilled painter, who typically did signs and free-hand lettering. They were employed as factory craftsmen aka "a Letterman".

They would "copy" or use an original piece to create the image so it could be used in the silkscreen process. Then copies were produced on canvas using multiple color schemes.

The site referenced by "Grandpa" is obviously an attempt to plug another artist. They are not related at all to the paintings being referenced in this thread.

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