Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Art of Teddy Schapiro

Teddy Schapiro is another fleamarket buddy of mine, though I haven't seen him around in a while. Everyone at the flea knows him. He collects home-made mickey mouse art, antique toys, graphics on funerals and funeral homes, psychiatry and mental hospitals. He sold a dozen or so of these automatic drawings to me about 5 years ago. He has mounds of these, all on 9 x 12 inch cardstock. I really love the free associations, the whimsy, what have you. Teddy, though he may appear to be some sort of outsider art, actually went to Cal Arts, studied under Mike Kelly, and was actually on the cover of the gallery guide early in his career in the 80s. If you are a bonafide art dealer,'s an untapped resource in Mr. T. I can sell these to you for $25 each, if you'd like one.

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