"Shadow on the Valley' is one of my personal favorites as well as one of my most prized possessions. I can almost hear the ominous sounds of the helicopter blades coming over the rice patties. Who knows, maybe I can hear the Vaugner too. For me, the way the light penetrates through dark clouds overhead, the shadow cast onto the landscape...a fog hoovers low in the distance as it climbs, eventually broken up by the rising sun almost directly overhead.
It appears to me that John was experimenting with a technique known as 'Chiaroscuro" if I'm not mistaken. The effect was originally introduced by Leonardo DeVinci. What do you think?
The original oil glaze is on 36 "X 24" stretched canvas and is available for viewing upon request. Also, I am proud to offer this piece, available in 22" X 17" limited edition prints* of only 475 signed and numbered by the artist; John Simonis. I have only sixteen of these left in my possession. When these are gone, there can never be anymore like these.
Currently listing these for 375.00$$ shipping included, Professionally framed **starting at 450.00 $$ shipping included.
For the Serious Collector.
A photo of John while deployed in South East Asia, still a very young man at that time, traveling the world and seeing things he would apply to canvas in future years to come. As we see here, the artist recollects an ominous scene of the air cavalry in flight
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**Includes basic single matting, glass, and black or brown metal frame.
* Domtar Flatweave Carrara White Felt, 80lb Cover paper
This print matted and framed. Number 20 of 475 signed and numbered by the artist John Simonis retails online for 600.00 $$ See online store for details. Also, individual prints are available for 375.00 $$ plus shipping. When John first released these in 1988 they were a somewhat popular selection of regional collectors. At this point I only have 16 (sixteen) left in my possession which makes them quite rare. Contact me online or shop here.
Don't forget, twelve percent of this purchase goes to help Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. A great way for the collector of fine art to expand their collection and commemorate the men of the 7th Cavalry Battalion; the first American fighting unit sent to confront the Viet Cong on there own soil at the battle of 'la Drang' in 1965.
Magnification of pieces for purchase can also be accessed in Gallery store or in, 'Shop here if you like'