Leeteg Babes, Bars, Beaches, and Black Velvet Art

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-06-15
  • Publisher: South Pacific Dreams Publishing
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Iconoclast. Contrarian. Pugilist. Artist. Throughout his life, shrewd self-promoter and creative genius Edgar Leeteg possessed many titles, astounding fans and antagonizing critics. Considered the “American Gauguin,” the rakish ladies’ man originated the modern technique of oil painting on black velvet. Once memorialized by James Michener as the original rascal in paradise, he redefined artistic success by pioneering a form of painting in the South Pacific that would forever change the world.

Author Biography

Author and historian, CJ Cook has long held an interest in the history of the South Pacific. His first book, Tyree, Artist of the South Pacific (2017) was a wonderful success, winning two Gold Awards for Best Cover and also for Best Biography from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) in April 2018. Cook is a lifelong manuscript collector who has a special interest in art, poetry, and the South Pacific. He also is a collector of art and artists of the South Pacific. Some of the paintings and many of the photos in this book come from his collection.

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