#O54ca13_Framed painting “Paul Ninas Seashell”


18″ x 24″ original oil painting on linen canvas, in custom wood frame, 25″ x 31″, 3″ wide, 1.5″ deep; with a 1″ white linen liner.

The frame has an antique silver finish with red and black undertones. The artwork is painted on a 1.5″ deep canvas and when installed in the frame it projects 3″ off the wall.

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This one-of-a kind original oil on canvas painting was begun by New Orleans artist Emilie Rhys on February 16, 2013, painting a large borrowed sea conch set up at her French Quarter art studio as a singular still-life.

The seashell was originally owned by artist Paul Ninas, best known in New Orleans for his murals in the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel. In the early 1960s Ninas gave the shell to his friend John Clemmer, already then a successful artist and educator, and in February 2013 Clemmer loaned it to Rhys, who was introduced to him by a mutual friend. Clemmer and Rhys enjoyed a brief friendship before his death on April 11, 2014, at the age of 92.

The artwork is on a stretched linen canvas surfaced with layers of tissue paper providing a finely wrought visible texture, finished with a brushed/scraped/poured oil ground, applied and fully cured prior to beginning the actual image. Ms. Rhys has been prepping canvases in this unique manner for circa forty years, greatly contributing to the richness of the final artwork.