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vetraio50
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This print came home from the Rozelle markets a year ago on a Saturday morning. It is a framed version of a lithograph produced originally c. 1946.
The simple colours and the line technology were influenced by “The Culture of the Stone Age people”- the Australian aborigine. It was originally produced as a folio sheet with the print and text below it. The text tells the Aboriginal legend about how the Boomerang came to the Aboriginal People. I've reproduced a copy of the legend below.

In this case the text was preserved and stuck on the back of the cardboard mount. It was signed by Mansell within the print and yet again in in above that signature in ink (and dated 1968) and yet again under the text in ink as well.
Behind the print Mansell has also signed yet again and added:
"Mural/ Original Painted with Australian Earth colours
Byram Mansell F.R.S.A. (Lon.) A.R.A.S./ Studio/ 37 Marian St/ Killara"

Four signatures for the price of one!

In the latter case as seen in photo 4 Mansell added F.R.S.A. or Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Interestingly too he added (Lo) for London.

Byram Mansell was born William Arthur Byram Mansell on 9 September 1893 at Double Bay here in Sydney, Australia. He was a painter, illustrator and theatre designer whose work diverse artistic practices, which ranged from painting to set design, were very much influenced by his interest in Aboriginal art.

There are connections with the US in the work of Byram Mansell:

“In 1921 Mansell attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii, and in that city opened his first art studio. His flower paintings, mounted on black lacquered Japanese screens, proved popular. After briefly studying art, design, textiles and technology in Mexico, he spent two years at the Académie Julian, Paris. He operated a studio in Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, United States of America, worked for Cecil B. de Mille, designed costumes for several film studios and masks for Lon Chaney, and executed over forty commissions to decorate cafés, theatres and cabarets in cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. One of his commissions contracted him to decorate coaches for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. His interiors showed an influence of Art Nouveau, especially the style of L. C. Tiffany.”

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mansell-william-arthur-byram-11052

How the sky was lifted c.1946
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Print, planographic
Technique: lithograph, printed in colour, from painted plates
Primary Insc: signed lower right within plate 'Bryam Mansell'
printed image 24.8 h x 37.0 w cm
sheet 31.8 h x 38.0 w cm

LEGEND.
"Away in the Dream Time, Yondi the warrior found the flat stick in the magic pool. With this stick he raised the sky, for in those days, the sky was close to the ground, and everything, both man and beast, crawled on the earth and only shrubs covered the land. When Yondi, with his great strength, pushed the sky up with the flat stick, which he had found in the pool, some of the water was taken up to the heavens and falling back to Earth turned into rain and clouds. The stunted shrubs grew into great trees and the birds, finding no food in the sky, glided back to earth, their shoulders turning into wings. The kangaroo stood up on his hind legs to see the strange new world and has stood up ever since. Thz emu, our largest bird, stretched his neck to see the strange sight that was unfolding before him. He ran so fast his legs grew very long and have stayed long to this very day. Now, all the animals who crept and crawled in the beginning were fast asleep when all this was happening and have crept and crawled ever since. When Yondi’s task was finished he threw away the flat stick which had become bent under the great weight of the sky; every time he threw the stick away, it would return to him. And this is how the Aboriginals got the Boomerang."

Comments

  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony and to cobber Sean too!
  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    It is a beautiful piece of art and the artist did a spectacular job with the story !~
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Phil, czechmand and inky too!
    He probably sold this from his home in Killara.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Marty!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks KatyaP for the love too!
  6. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    Wonderful Print and story behind it.
    When I first saw it I thought it must be a serigraph
    but you may be correct that it's a litho.
    If the ink has a flat finish, and appears to have had some viscosity to it, try looking at it closely with a loupe,( in more than one area, the flatter and more opaque, the better )
    If there's a grid or screen-like texture, it would be a serigraph.
    I hope you don't mind the suggestion, but this is one way in which I can possibly help.
    warmly meant and sent,
    Tony.
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks again Tonino!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo and Amy too!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks walksoftly!
  10. collector49, 2 years ago
    It's gorgeous. I would love to buy an origin Byram Mansell painting. Any clues??
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks collector49!
    There are some available on the web.
    His work ranged from white earthenware domestic ceramics, through fabric and interior designs to paintings.
  12. collector49, 2 years ago
    Great. thanks.
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Manikin and artislove too!
  14. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    vetraio50 thanks for this post of a truely stunning piece by a very interesting character of an Artist! I know little of Aboriginal legends and myths but am struck by the parallel (not in details but presentation) between their Dream Time and Biblical creation story (I can feel a painting coming on!) More research for me to do I think! Thanks again! :)
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Hi Hems and thanks! I wish you well on the research of the Dreamtime!
    http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/methods/methods.php
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks mustangT!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks bratjDD!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks aeon!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
  20. tom61375 tom61375, 10 months ago
    You are very welcome vetraio50! =)
  21. SEAN68 SEAN68, 10 months ago
    beautiful:)
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks SEAN!
  23. SEAN68 SEAN68, 10 months ago
    your very welcome Kevin!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 months ago
    Many thanks SEAN 'n AIMATHENA too!

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