Anthony "Andy" Flanigan Gouache Painting on Paper on Masonite
A folk art gouache painting on paper on masonite of a vintage street car by Anthony ‘Andy’ Flanigan (Pennsylvania, 1899-2004). Depicted is a groovy, vibrant painted street car, the ‘Drake’ shuttle. In response to the Psychedelic era and the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper and Yellow Submarine, Pittsburgh painted their trolleys with the same look. Signed to the lower left, ‘Flanigan.’ The work is unmounted and unframed.
Living over the span of three centuries, a fact he liked to boast, Andy Flanigan worked for the Pittsburgh Railways, later Port Authority, for 46 years. He first began teaching himself to pant in the 1970s and would continue for the rest of his life, becoming famous in the town of Brentwood where he lived. He was affectionately known as ‘Pap’ to his many friends and family, a name that would spur the pun, ‘Pap Art,’ in response to the Pop Art movement. He did not have his first solo exhibition until the age of 100 when folk art collector and promoter, Pat McArdle, discovered the artist and set up an exhibition of his work at a Gallery in the Square in Shadyside. McArdle also helped to get one of Flanigan’s works into the 2002 Outsider art show at the Sen. John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.
-paper torn and ripped lightly around the edges; minor scratches marks to the surface.