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Groovy 1960s Exotic Women from JH Lynch

Many of you MID Century Modern Art lovers are fully aware of the JH Lynch mass-produced artwork of exotic women from the 1960s. I own an “Autumn Leaves” by JH Lynch framed print that hangs in my living room. This image collage is a sampling of some of his work.

Top and across – “Autumn Leaves”, “Tina” and “The Woodland Goddess”

Bottom and across – “Nymph”, “Maria” and “Rose”

1960s JH Lynch Art

1960s JH Lynch Art

The JH Lynch artwork of these sultry women can be seen in the 1971 groovy movie “A Clockwork Orange” by Stanley Kubrick. Shown in this collage are screen shots of the movie where you can see “Nymph”, “Autumn Leaves” and “Tina”.

1971 "A Clockwork Orange” movie screen shots featuring JH Lynch Art

1971 “A Clockwork Orange” movie screen shots featuring JH Lynch Art

I love and adore my JH Lynch “Autumn Leaves” framed print that was mass produced in the 1960s by Turner Wall Accessories out of Chicago, IL, that hangs in my living room.  Then recently while out picking, I scored a “mystery JH Lynch”, which I thought to be his “Tina”, but there are obvious issues after review – 1. This is NOT a print, but an original PAINTING on board, with a signature that I cannot read that does not appear to be JH Lynch and 2. “Tina” is reversed to the tree, which is on her right, not the left as in his known version of “Tina”. So I thought a PBN, I looked closely and no it’s not a paint-by-number, so maybe a fan artist knockoff?  It’s certainly a vintage piece and created during that same era in the 1960s or maybe the 1970s.  It’s a very well done painting, simply beautiful. So my mystery JH Lynch Style “Tina” is hanging out in the MOD Squad Picking office till I can find her MODvelous new home. Anyone with any suggestions or feedback on my “Tina” painting, please feel free to email me at candace@modsquadpicking.com.

 

JH Lynch “Autumn Leaves” Hanging In The MOD Squad Picking Pad

JH Lynch “Autumn Leaves” Hanging In The MOD Squad Picking Pad

JH Lynch style Mystery “Tina” Painting

JH Lynch style Mystery “Tina” Painting

Artist Info:
Joseph Henry Lynch (28 October 1911 – 16 January 1989) was a British artist, better known under his signature J.H. Lynch. His mass reproduced paintings of sultry women, especially Tina (1964) make him one of the protagonists of Mass Market Art. Nymph, Autumn Leaves and Woodland Goddess are some of his best known works, some of which are shown in the movie A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick and also on the cover of one of Edwyn Collins’ singles.

Reference websites:

http://www.jhlynchprints.com/

http://www.quasimondo.com/jhlynch.php

Vintage 1970s Groovy Lucite Sunglasses

Last month, while out picking, I made contact with the sweetest lady who had quite a story to tell me and I walked away with a fresh picking of NOS 1970s Made In France Multi-Color all Lucite Sunglasses!  In the mid 1990s she went to a local estate auction in her small town and bid on 5 boxes of NOS (new old stock) 1970s Jewelry that had been in the home of a Remco Distributer that provided groovy costume jewelry in this region to dime store outlets and drug stores.  At the end of the auction she was informed that the 5 “boxes” she had bid on and won were actually 5 pallets of NOS. Shazam!  She was in shock and had no means to store these purchased items, so after renting a truck, labor and a storage unit she stored away the 5 pallets of retro goodies for the past 15+ years.  Through the years she has sold small batches at yards sales and church rummage sales as well as handed out to friends and family members.  I was able to buy a large lot of jewelry from her in the early spring which featured peace rings, zodiac necklaces, etc.  Last month she phoned to let me know that she had stumbled onto a small box of sunglasses from this lot and I raced over to take a look – SCORE – a small lot of 1970s mod groovy all Lucite colored sunglasses! Each stamped MADE IN FRANCE.

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Fresh Pickings ~ June 7, 2012

 

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NOS 1970s Lucite Sunglasses

These quickly sold in my eBay auctions to the highest bidder and I still think I should have kept a pair – maybe the sunny yellow for myself – but I enjoyed them while I had them.  Just last week when doing some other mod merchandise research I located this great vintage advertisement for the shades – Giovani MODA.

 

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Vintage Lucite Sunglass Magazine Ad

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I Dream Of Jeannie Horses Wall Art

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Fresh Pickings ~ February 17, 2012

I just have to share this fabulous piece of retro vintage wall art story that links back to the TV Show “I Dream Of Jeannie” (1965-1970).  Last year, I started setting up our DVR to begin recording many retro TV Shows to watch for enjoyment but also to look at the set designs to help me spot items that I may find when out picking.  Between my recordings of Family Affair, Mary Tyler Moore and The Brady Bunch, I also recorded and watched the TV series “I Dream of Jeannie”.  Toward the end of the season of the show,  when Jeannie marries Major Nelson, and they return from their honeymoon there is an episode where Jeannie decides to redecorate their groovy home.  The new set design was a MOD Mid Century Modern dream and I was instantly drawn to a large orange (orange being my favorite color ever) Horse wall Art piece now featured on the show at the bottom of the stairs as seen in screen shot image.

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I Dream of Jeannie TV Show Set

Then fast forward to February of this year, while out picking, I hit a small thrift store in a rural town and there it sat. The wall art was large with vibrant hues of orange and 2 standing groovy horses in a wooden frame signed by artist – Lee Burr.  The same wall art I remembered from the TV Show “I Dream Of Jeannie.” After some research I learned that like many groovy wall art pieces from the 1950s -1970s, this was a mass produced piece distributed by Turner Wall Accessories. I am so excited to own this groovy vintage replica and I love having it hang in our living room in the Mod Squad Picking pad.  My rule with picking is that I only buy what I love and I list all my picking finds for sell. So this piece is listed in the Mod Squad Picking shop – just with the “crazy I love it” price!

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Hanging the Mod Squad Picking Pad

Update: October 29, 2012

My Lee Burr Horse wall Art has sold. I truly love all the items that I pick ~ It’s my rule, pick with you love – so if I am stuck with it, I can love/enjoy it. I have really enjoyed this MID Century Modern Lee Burr Horse Wall Art (as seen in the TV Series “I Dream Of Jeannie” living room decor), but alas it has now sold and will be loved by another. ♥

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Groovy 1960s Go-Go Girls Wall Art

I am often asked what is my most memorable or favorite picking find?  I now have that answer! I scored this rare 4-piece set of Paul Detlefsen 1967 Go-Go Girls wall art last month from an estate auction and I am crushing and loving on them.  These were produced in the late 1960s and mass produced by Turner wall Accessories in both a small 9” size and this large 30” height size.  There have been a few of the individual pieces found and sold, but to score a full large set of 4 makes them an exceptional rare find. Each groovy Go-Go girl is dated and imprint signed by artist, Paul Detlefsen, and I have to say that they are to die for. It’s one of those beloved finds that if they do not sell, I will not be heart-broken, and will be retro happy to have them.

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Fresh Pickings ~ April 20, 2012

I like to refer to them as interns in the Mod Squad Picking office where they hang and dance and keep the mojo flowing during my work hours as I list other groovy merch!

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Hanging in the Mod Squad Picking Office

Update: December 6, 2012

I think most of you know I PICK by one rule ~ pick and buy only what I love. So if I am stuck with something I love it or while I am waiting to find a new MOD home, I can enjoy it. Well the time has come – my beloved 1967 Go-Go Girl wall art pieces have sold. They have been hanging/dancing in the MOD Squad Picking office all year long ~ now they will be packed and shipped to a new groovy home in New Jersey!  ♥

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Vintage “Big Eye Kids” Wall Art

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, from other vintage retro fans, how much they love what is known as “BIG EYE KIDS” wall art.  Many comments reflecting how they had the big eye kids wall art on their bedroom walls as children growing up in the 1950s through the 1970s.  This type of retro “Big Eye” Kids wall art was mass produced  and is sought after today by many that want to express their hipster side or capture moments/memories of their childhood when this kitsch wall art hung on their bedroom walls. The art itself ranges from kids, ballerinas, Harlequin Kids, MOD GoGo dancers and beyond. The BIG EYE in the art is in the eye of the beholder. Some known Artist for this type of art are: Eden, Eve, GoJi, Igor Pantuhoff, Katz, Lee, Maio, Margaret Keane, Medeiros, Walter Keane, Ozz Franca and WM Otto to name a few.

I am always drawn to type of wall art and you can easily score these on occasion at your local thrift shops, yards sales and rummage sales for just a few dollars.  They can also be found online and can vary in price anywhere for $24.00 to $100 a pair, which shows the demand of vintage lovers wanting that touch of their childhood memory to now adorn their adult retro pads.  Just today, while out picking and hitting my favorite haunts I scored a trio set of Ozz Franco Framed Kids as shown in this image of today’s Fresh Pickings haul!

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Fresh Pickings ~ February 29, 2012

I located a set of 4 Harlequin Big Eye kids art by GoJi about 10 years ago.  Simple cardboard wall art in white cheaply made plastic frames and decided to make the set into a piece of MOD art work by removing the from the plastic frames and taking them to my local frame show to be matted and framed in a metal copper frame and set in glass. They have been in my MOD Squad Picking office keeping me company every since.

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Big Eye Wall Art Hanging in the Mod Squad Picking Office

I love this Groovy wall art and I am always searching for it when out Picking. Here’s a sampling of some of the BIG EYE wall art I have picked and sold.

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