With the stock market barely registering a pulse these days and the headlines about as dog-bites-man as news gets (i.e., Jussie Smollett Case to Be Reviewed), I am once again offering to discerning Rick’s Picks readers the opportunity to acquire the painting pictured at left. When I accepted it in settlement of a debt some years ago, prominent Atlanta art dealer Bill Lowe advised me that it would fetch between $55,000 and $70,000. Lowe, who exclusively represented the artist, Kathleen Morris, for more than two decades, said her earlier paintings had “balls” and that the large size of this one — 76″ x 80″ — would make it particularly appealing to collectors. Those listed at the time on Lowe’s web site as owning works by Kathleen Morris included some names you will recognize — Halle Berry, Danny DeVito, Cushman Realty, John Glover and David Justice among them.
The painting is called Arena, and it is oil on linen. In an email to me, Lowe summed up its personal appeal as follows: “Like Kathleen’s work, I am irresistibly drawn to the spiritual realms but have an acute understanding that the physical plane is a manifestation of that – and the feminine polarity of it. I am committed to its perpetuation and to our interaction with it.” Judge for yourself whether this striking work of art would inspire similar thoughts if it sat on a wall in your home or place of business. I am open to all offers, including cash, Tiffany glass, antique lab instruments, 60s-vintage British motorcycles, works of art, Persian rugs, 1990s Toyota Supras in decent running order, antique billiard tables, Bösendorfer or Steinway pianos, rare autographs and books, etcetera. If you are interested or know someone who might be, contact me at [email protected]