Castle of Imagination
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The painting, entitled "Castle of Imagination," depicts a nostalgic scene of the downtown area of Beaumont, Texas in December of 1954. The focal point of the painting is the Tyrrell Public Library, which is remembered by many as the First Baptist Church. The gothic architecture of the library, with its spiral staircase leading to the children's room, is depicted as a "Castle of Imagination" for a young boy who is rushing to catch the bus on a cold, wet evening.
In the foreground of the painting, a young "ranger" is shown gazing at the "Red Ryder" air rifle in the window of Walgreen's. This scene is a nostalgic one for the artist, who spent many evenings waiting for the bus in front of this very store. The artist has also included several classic cars in the painting, such as a '54 Mercury, '47 Buick Road Master, and a '55 Chevy, as well as a close-up view of the hood ornament on the artist's own '41 Cadillac Series 75.
The painting also captures the bustling atmosphere of the downtown area, with the advertisement for Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Jefferson Theatre visible in the background. This painting is a nostalgic tribute to the "good old days" of the artist's hometown, and to the places and memories from the fifties that hold a special place in our hearts.
Description by the Artist
Watch this video presentation by the artist describing the painting process, the research, and the hidden trivia in the painting.
The original painting is 35x28" on masonite panel, completed in 1987.
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