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Another pencil draft from the 1955 sketchbook we’ve been featuring the past few weeks. The purpose of this stand-alone drawing is unknown. Other sketches on the same and adjacent pages feature rough panels for a cartoon ad about Proctor toasters; none of those drawings depict a loss of limbs.

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miscellaneous sketches

January 8, 2011

Figures from a mid-1950s sketchbook. The two panels were juxtaposed horizontally, but are stacked here for vertical display. The purpose of the drafts is unknown, and the elements are unrelated to any other sketches in the book.

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hieroglyphic montage

December 30, 2010

Untitled pencil drawing discovered in mid-1960s sketchpad. Theme unknown. The pad included dozens of rough pencil sketches for Flora’s 1964 book My Friend Charlie, along with a number of unrelated sketches, mainly architectural, some Mexico-inspired, most incomplete. This work echoes nothing else in the sketchpad, or any other known Flora work.

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outside El Centro

November 18, 2010

Untitled pen & ink, 1994, from sketchpad. Unknown Mexican (presumably) town square.

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Henry Ford in Cetara

September 7, 2010

Henry Ford in Cetara, rough pencil drawing found in 1991 sketchpad. Cetara is in Italy. There’s no refined sketches and no indication the sketch was developed into a finished work. Flora traveled widely and artfully chronicled his globetrotting. This sketchbook contains no other images of Italy, but does contain a letter handwritten in a Mexican hospital while Flora was being treated for “over medication and loss of blood.” On the preceding page was a journal…

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Untitled Mexican motif, pen and ink (or tempera) on paper, 1967. The work was reproduced in our most recent book, The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora.

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unfinished dancers

May 21, 2010

Unfinished pencil and tempera sketch, ca. 1950-51 (Flora’s Mexican sojourn), found in artist’s notebook. There’s no evidence the work was refined or adapted for any other purpose. The ghost image in the background is the bleedthrough of a series of figures on the reverse. The left figure above has some female attributes, the right some vague echoes of manhood. Regarding the lady, we won’t speculate on what’s protruding from her butt or clustered in her…

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New launch: a miniature (7″ x 8″) giclée open edition print (at $25/ea.) of a previously unpublished and uncirculated mid-1990s Flora pen & ink drawing. Celebrities portrays anonymous showbiz figures as freakshow caricatures. This is our second open edition, low-cost fine art print; Mambo For Cats was launched last October.

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Lobster Pound (1962)

October 6, 2009

Taking a break from conjuring bonus-limbed mutants and bug-eyed boppers, Flora often sketched maritime culture in his extended backyard. The above untitled pen & ink of a seafood shack was discovered in a travel sketchbook that contained dozens of the artist’s impressions of Italy and France, several dated 1962. Back on his “home surf,” Flora filled another two dozen pages of the tablet with southern Connecticut shoreline vignettes and briny motifs.

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September 11, 2009

Celebrities, pen & ink, early 1990s, from sketchbook Update: Issued as an open edition fine art print in 2010.

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peek skills

June 16, 2009

This cutaway view of a cruise ship affords a glimpse into cabin and deck activities—some naughty, some nice. The undated, unpublished pen & ink on tablet paper probably dates from Flora’s “late ship period” around 1988-90, when he was transitioning away from maritime motifs and back to music, architecture, portraits, and landscapes. His large acrylic ship canvases rendered during the 1980s were more lifelike than the cartoonish styles for which he’d been renowned as a…

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Vaya Laredo

April 6, 2009

Detail, Vaya Laredo, pen & ink, 1998. Full work to be reproduced in The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora, scheduled for Fall 2009 publication by Fantagraphics Books.

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