DiegoVoci™ 1967 #COMMISSION FOR YOUNG LOVERS IN GERMANY PART III

DiegoVoci™ SIGNATURES . . .

. . . on the Barnhart Diegos; and see more of the signatures the DiegoVoci™PROJECT has located so far. The signatures by hand of internationally collected artist DiegoVoci™ are a story in themselves.

When DVP received their images for the DiegoVoci™ Archive the signature did not say “Diego”, they read ”AD Voci”. Here is a close-up of the signature on “Mother and Child”:

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“AD Voci” on “Mother and Child”, 1968

There was no “Diego” signature until 1966 by this artist long known as Diego by everyone. He signed “VOCIin red in his early years; then in some form of Voci like A.Voci, D.Voci, or  Diego Voci. Some were underlined or had a line with a curve after the name and some show  a year as well.  Here are few signatures the DiegoVoci™ Project has collected so far:

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Voci 1951, A Voci, A Voci w Curled V, D Voci, Diego Voci

Read more about Diego , born “Innocenzo” at our DVP™ #Wikipedia Biography as it tells more about the many transitions Antonio Diego Voci made in signing documents – and most important – on all of his artwork: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci

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WIKIPEDIA 1st page of about 20, created 2012 DIEGO VOCI PROJECT

In 1966 Diego met Joy Gibson (Naffouj) a Canadian art dealer with her gallery in Zweibrücken. It was then she encouraged him to sign his paintings as “Diego”.

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“DIEGO” Voci Signature, 1966 – 1985

Joy said, “At first his art was tough to sell.” Joy and her new husband Dr. Jawdat Naffouj then made an exclusive contract with Diego to buy X paintings for X amount of money on a monthly basis. But, if Diego wanted to do a little business on the side so that Naffouj would not know, he would sign some in some form of Voci. That’s what he did with the two oil paintings Diego signed “AD Voci” commissioned by Helen and John Barnhart. Read their story how Diego created just what they ordered in 1967:   https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/diegovoci-1967-commission-for-young-lovers-in-germany-part-i/

Do you own a Diego with an unusual signature?

Tell us at the DVP™ e-mail address:

diegovociproject@gmail.com and see our new website:

www.diegovociproject.com

 

DiegoVoci™ 1967 COMMISSION FOR YOUNG LOVERS IN GERMANY PART II

The DiegoVoci™ “Still life” finds a new home and a #NewGeneration  

In June of this year, nearly 50 years after John and Helen Barnhart first met Diego, they decided to move to Alabama from Florida to be close to their girls Rebecca and Sarah and their families. Before they moved Denise and Kent Findley, their neighbors across the street in Florida, inquired about their art collection since they were downsizing. Denise had often admired their Diego “Mother and Child” and asked if they planned to part with all of their art. John and Helen so loved their “Mother and Child”, but John mentioned they might sell their Diego “Still Life”, as it was quite large.

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“STILL LIFE” by DIEGO, 1968, Oil and Sand on Canvas, 23″ x 46″

John told Denise and Kent about the story of their experience commissioning two oil paintings by Diego in 1967 in Germany. It included the both “Mother and Child (seen in the previous DVP posts:  https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/diegovoci-1967-commission-for-young-lovers-in-germany-part-i/)                                   and the “Still life” they were considering to purchase.

When Helen and I were invited to Diego’s home and art studio in Wiesbaden to see the progress Diego was making on the still life Helen had ordered, she remembered exactly where the pears were in the preliminary sketch Diego had made for us at the exhibit in Bitburg, . . . and the coffee grinder was missing altogether. Helen wanted it just like she’d ordered. One doesn’t tell an artist what to do, but Diego agreed. He also told usI am going to mix sand in your paintings.”  We agreed to the sand not knowing sure what Diego’s intents were. Later we found out that Diego applied this technique which is known in the art world.

When we came back to pick it up, Diego said  ‘It’s done, stays just like this.Diego was noted for hisNo changes.  No retouch.and saidWhen I sign, painting is finished.’  Diego proceeded to sign both oil paintings “Mother and Child” and the “Still life” in our presence. We were very pleased.

Watch for SIGNATURE STORY in PART III to follow

Denise asked to see it – and immediately wanted to buy it. John suggested a price and Denise agreed. It now hangs in the Findley home. Before Helen and John moved to Alabama, Helen saw the “Still Life” hanging in its new home and confided to John, “Oh I wish I could have it back.”  The DiegoVoci™ hopes to hear more from Denise and Kent Findley about how they are enjoying their wonderful Diego and that they send images for the DiegoVoci™Archive of the back of that canvas. More to come from the Findley’s and how they, part of a “New Generation” of Diego Aficionados are enjoying their “Still Life“. See DIEGO “Still Life” artworks at one of our many Pinterest Boards:  https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci

 An update on John and Helen Barnhart:

As of today, Diego Aficionados, the Barnharts have not only bought and received their deluxe coffee table book, “The Beauty of Diego” from author Stephen Max. Published by Blurb at Printer’s cost you can order today!

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The Beauty of Diego“, by Stephen Max, . . . more than 100 DIEGO images

http://www.blurb.com/books/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego

John and Helen have also selected at least 2 more Diego oil paintings for possible purchase from Helga and the DiegoVoci™ Estate to add to their art collection….though they are smaller than the “Still Life”.

Check out the remaining DiegoVoci™ original artworks available for purchase: http://www.diegovociproject.com/#!acquire-originals/c1d4p

The internationally collected artist DiegoVoci™ impacted hundreds of art lovers this way.

See PART III to Follow “DiegoVoci™ Signatures”

 

“Oh By Gosh By Golly, their name is really “JOLLY”….

In February of 1972, Jack Jolly and his wife Gwen were living in #Wiesbaden, Germany. They’d been there since 1968. While in Wiesbaden, Jack and his wife went to what was then called the General #VonSteuben Hotel, where Diego Voci was hosting an art exhibition with the assistance of Christine Khan. Shown here is the #DIEGO that Jack and Gwen still own today:

“Two Girls with Pottery”, 32″x26″, oil on canvas.

An interesting point about the Von Steuben Hotel – it was visited by John F. #Kennedy on June 26, 1963, just before #JFK‘s trip to #Berlin to give his famous historical “Ich Bin ein Berliner” speech. The story goes that Kennedy even received a DIEGO painting as a gift that night signed “Voci. Read more:  http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page11.html#66975

Jack and Gwen bought the above featured “Two girls with pottery” #639, 32” x 26” oil on canvas, from Diego and Christine. Like many other young families wanting to own at least one of the master’s artworks, Diego offered “Lay-Away” or as Jack writes, “I was 30 years old, had no money, so we purchased it on a time basis. We paid $350 for it and have enjoyed it for over 40 yrs. Amazing!”Jolly JACK and GWEN Receipt 1972 C. Khan FOR POST 26 AUG 2015

Currently Jack and his wife Gwen live in New Orleans to be near Gwen’s family. Jack states, “I’ve been retired for almost 3 yrs. Life is good.” 

Shown  here is Gwen back in the day, where you can barely see the “Two Girls with Pottery” above her head, but you’ll no doubt recognize the 70’s furniture colors!

Gwen on the orange couch with a Diego Overhead FB 1 April 2015

Last, check out Stephen Max’ latest video featuring “#BEAUTIFUL FACES” by Diego, to include the DIEGO featured here owned by Jack and Gwen Jolly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dECP7O3ftUo

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The #Diego Voci Project received this email from Susan Bridges, a Diego #Aficionado:

Hello I am interested in the African beauty print. I had THE pleasure of meeting Diego in West Germany in 1983 there was an art show at the officer’s club. Diego was showing some of his paintings and prints.

I was working there at that time my Family’s was in the military. Diego asked me if I would sit for him so he could sketch the shape Of My Face and My Eyes for his painting. Diego said he like the way my eyes is shaped.

Diego also told me he would use the shape of my face and eyes in his painting. He told me to look out for his painting and I will see my eyes and face shape in a Diego painting and print. When I moved back to the United States, I began looking for his painting with the shape of my face and eyes. I was so hurt to find out he was no longer with us. 31 years later, I have found the print with the shape of my face and eyes. It is the “African Beauty” print. I would like to purchase that print please.  

Please get in touch with me. I appreciate it. – Susan Bridges

Here is the African Beauty Lithograph:Microsoft Word - Pricelist graphics.doc

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