From the desk of Dr. David Luisi....
My passion for art began when I
was fourteen years old: my parents drove to
and took me to the
vibrant colors and exotic settings were a vivid contrast to the sleepy little town of my
upbringing and initiated a magical escape from my loneliness. From that point onward
my imagination was ignited and I spent day after day in the library pouring over the
colored plates of famous artists and reading about their adventurous lives.
This love affair with art intensified throughout college, especially after moving to the
and lean, and troubled me on and off from approximately 1970 to 1985. However, as
lean as they were I frequently gave
up a day’s meals to buy train tickets to
to pay the entrance fees to the
Art Institute and the
During this time I thought that, even though I lacked the money to purchase art from
famous artists, then at least the slightest contact with them would fulfill my emotional
needs and allow me to share some of their greatness. With this fantasy in mind I wrote
to dozens of artists asking, if they would please send me an autograph, I would be very
happy just to frame it. My pleas must have sounded so desperate that they responded
not only with autographs but sometimes with small examples of their art, letters and
other art memorabilia.
Now that I am elderly and the stresses of those years have passed, I am deeply grateful
for the kindness of these artists and the psychological lifelines they extended when I
needed it most.
I hereby certify that I have authorized Creighton-Davis Gallery to offer at auction, the
item described under each lot number which came from my collection.
Further that this work of art, signature, or work of memorabilia described under this lot
number was directly received by me as the result of my direct contact with the artist
listed under this lot number and is the authentic and genuine original item I received
and as described.
A copy of this letter, signed by me, with a photo-certificate of the lot (printed on the certificate)
will accompany each item to the new owner.
David Luisi, Ph.D.