Mel and I were introduced to Carlo of Hollywood by our friend Frank. We gravitate towards the forced perspective/angular framed watercolor pieces. The styling of the frames and the subject matter make these pieces of art scream “1950′s”. Carlo also used other mediums like oils, etc. that tend to be less desirable and valuable. Here are some things that I have been told about or found through research about Carlo of Hollywood and his artwork (though not verifiable, this artist remains an enigma):
• It has been rumored that Carlo was a set designer on the “I Love Lucy Show”.
• These pieces were like “move in” gifts from the home builders for new tract homes in the 1950′s.
• These pieces were also sold through larger department stores.
• Carlo sketched the the pieces in pencil and had students paint the watercolor portion of the art. A good way to verify authenticity of your watercolor by Carlo is to look for visible pencil sketching.
There appears to be very little information on Carlo of Hollywood. If you know anymore about him and his artwork please feel free to share with the rest of us.
Though the artwork is really cool, in my opinion the best part of these pieces are the frames. These frames have a unique wood grain to the surface. This was achieved through media blasting which helped define the wood grain. The frames came in a few different finishes that I have seen such as bare wood, white washed, and painted. The larger pieces and smaller pieces are the hardest to find. We have 4 of the really small pieces that are about 1ft wide or less (2 tropical & 2 desert) and 3 large pieces between 4 ft and 6ft wide (fish boat, and 2 ballerina pieces). As listed in the “holy grail” section we are on the look out for the Carlo of Hollywood stallions.