(<--This is my 9 x 12 copy/study from Mystery Painting. SCROLL DOWN: original 9 x 12 Mystery painting)
Several years ago I won an auction on eBay for an old expertly painted oil painting. I can't remember how I came across it to bid on it. (If you simply search for "oil painting" on eBay you get thousands and thousands of auctions to look at). However it was that I happened to find it, I was/am thrilled that I won it. I didn't pay much for it and I think I was the only bidder. Do you own anyone's art but your own?
To me this is an extraordinary painting (my copy has some problems....but cut me some slack, I kind of hurried through it*). The original looks to be somewhat old (but not ancient). I can't read the signature. It looks like Aupelvik or Allpeluak? The painting is super low key (dark) but with three judiciously placed bright light spots. The artist used a palette knife to create the bloody fish. I love how dark the painting is..both literally and figuratively. A huge hulk of a man has survived a turbulent sea and offers his catch to the woman whose turn it is now to clean the fish. Look what time it must be--it's late and maybe it is going to rain.
* I intend to make corrections to my painting..I really enjoyed doing this and learned a lot about how the painter handled the darkness.
So--experts..can you tell me when you think this painting was done and who did it? I imagine I will take it over to Matthews Gallery one day to find out what he thinks. (I met Matthew last year --he is famous in Portland for being able to de-mystify a treasure) --In the meantime....what do YOU think? (Update: thanks so much hwfarber--for sleuthing and determining the artist is Arturs Upelniek/Upelnieks).