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Leeteg: Babes, Bars, Beaches and Black Velvet Art - COLLECTORS EDITION

The sensational story of Leeteg, black velvet artist and party man of Tahiti, who painted nude vahines in his tropical paradise Villa Velour on the Island of Moorea, 1933-1953. The “American Gauguin”, Edgar Leeteg, left California in 1932, with a few paint brushes, bound for the South Pacific. He was the original “Tiki Man” who started the black velvet painting craze linked to South Pacific themed restaurants.

This is limited to only 99 number copies; Signed by his only three children, all now around 80 years old: from Jackie Cadousteau: Laverne Leeteg and her brother Edgar, Jr, Leeteg, and from Stella Ebb: William Ropati Leeteg. Also signed by the Authors: CJ Cook and Michael Ashley and the Book Designer, Claudine Mansour. Optional personalized inscription by CJ Cook. (Photos of each signature also shown on the main Collectors Edition page – click Learn More below to view.)

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Leeteg: Babes, Bars, Beaches and Black Velvet Art - STANDARD EDITION

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The sensational story of Leeteg, black velvet artist and party man of Tahiti, who painted nude vahines in his tropical paradise Villa Velour on the Island of Moorea, 1933-1953. The “American Gauguin”, Edgar Leeteg, left California in 1932, with a few paint brushes, bound for the South Pacific. He was the original “Tiki Man” who started the black velvet painting craze linked to South Pacific themed restaurants.

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Tyree: Artist of the South Pacific

Tyree: Artist of the South Pacific

Ralph Burke Tyree was an American artist of the mid-twentieth century who had a prolific career painting scenes from the South Pacific. Posted to Samoa in WWII, he became the resident Marine-base artist capturing the quiet exoticism of the island people and the landscapes. He was one of the premier artists of the Tiki culture movement that swept the United States in the 1960s… continued

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Tyree Mai Tai Glasses, Set of 4

A set of four heavy-duty 12oz. Mai Tai glasses featuring 5 different black velvet paintings of Ralph Burke Tyree. Perfect for your tiki bar. Dishwasher safe. Beauty for your bar.

Tyree Mai Tai Glasses, Set of 6

A set of six heavy-duty 12oz. Mai Tai glasses featuring 5 different black velvet paintings of Ralph Burke Tyree. Perfect for your tiki bar. Dishwasher safe. Beauty for your bar.

Tiki Cap

Genuine full cork cap with embossed black Tiki. Adjustable to any size produced by SouthPacificDreams.com. Water resistant and very light weight.