Updated: Jul 1
Dealer 1563 is on the first floor of King Richard's and dealer Don Diers has a huge collection of vintage artwork dating back to the 1940s. There is a large collection of portraits named "Who Are These People?" Don has put together this collection of 400 portraits and this is his private collection. "None of them is famous. They are the ordinary people of the world, they are all strangers and that's why I collected them." All of the paintings are original and "they show various skills of artistic ability. These are high quality paintings and some are framed.
You will also find mid-Century abstracts here and paintings from various artists of the 1960s and 70s that use bright colors in landscapes and still life pieces. Don is a professional set decorator for TV shows and movies and you've seen his work in Drag Me To Hell, The Santa Claus movies with Tim Allen, the TV show Community and the movie Gone In 60 Seconds. "I do horror movies, I do action movies, I do musicals and Disney shows" and this is reflected in his taste for the pieces at King Richard's.
I have "guy tastes" so there are things that will appeal to men including industrial molds and metal pieces. But there are also still life pieces, he told me. He also has busts for sale.
There is a series of art pieces for football, turn of the century iron grills for decoration, and vintage signs. There are signs from the 1950s and 60s including signs you might remember from a bar or a dry cleaner. These are pieces that he might have used on a movie set. There are also advertisement signs from the 50s and 60s and these are all original. Some of these original signs have glitter. There is also vintage lighting from the 1940s to the 1970s and these were originally purchased for movie sets and are now collectible pieces.