ca. 1950 tempera on board
2021 ltd. ed. (35) fine art print


21 in stock


This early 1950s tempera depicts the usual Jim Flora vortex of otherworldly mutants, sex, peek-a-boo facades, off-kilter landscapes, candy-store colors, disjointed faces, visual overload, and at least one dog. The tableau, casually titled Rialto to differentiate it from other untitled Flora works, is issued as a limited-edition, archival-quality fine art print. Flora archivists Barbara Economon and Irwin Chusid have determined that the technique reflects the style of Flora’s 1950-51 Mexican sojourn. The work was reproduced in The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora (p. 69).

Only thirty-five (35) prints of Rialto are being produced. Each print is authenticated on the reverse with the stamped seal of JimFlora.com. We have sold numbers 19/35 and 23/35 thru 35/35, and are now offering numbers 20/35 thru 22/35 for $200 each (plus shipping). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

The prints have been meticulously replicated from the original work using state-of-the-art digital technology. A high-resolution scan was made of the original art, a tempera painting on illustration board. All aspects of the original artwork have been retained, including minor aging artifacts which in no way detract from the overall impression.

Is this Lady Gaga in 1950?

The image area is 20″ wide x 12-1/2″ high, and centered on a sheet 17″ high x 22″ wide. The unframed prints are on heavyweight (310g) mould-made William Turner stock, a natural white, 100% rag paper with a fine toothy surface manufactured by Hahnemühle, who are renowned for premium-grade archival papers. The edition was produced using Epson UltraChrome K3 Pigment Ink Technology, resulting in brilliant, velvety color and offering excellent longevity and durability.

The print will ship flat, securely packaged and guaranteed against bending or dents. (If it is damaged in shipping, it will be replaced.) Print includes a detailed, custom-printed one-sheet with instructions for the proper care of this fine art reproduction.

Due to the fine art print’s higher-resolution process, as well as superior paper, inks, and quality control, the colors in the print appear brighter, crisper, and more vibrant than the online image. Online color appearance may vary slightly depending on your monitor settings.

And here’s a sketch from the archives: