Les Amis de Beauford Delaney is supporting the completion of


the first full-length documentary about Beauford.

Join us in making this video tribute to Beauford a reality!



Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beauford, What is the Price of a Ticket?

Artist Ealy Mays has paid a wonderful tribute to Beauford with his painting entitled Beauford, What is the Price of a Ticket?

Beauford, What is the Price of a Ticket?
Ealy Mays
(2012) Acrylic on canvas
Image courtesy of the artist

Jazz Quartet
Beauford Delaney
(1946) Oil on canvas
Image courtesy of Burt and Patricia Reinfrank

Mays provides the following information about the painting:
Beauford’s original painting was “Jazz Quartet”. Jimmy Baldwin attributed “Price of a Ticket” to his friend Beauford. Ealy Mays pays tribute by combining title with image.

Setting of Beauford’s original painting was more of a church with a woman a playing a Piano. Here, it is changed from a church to a Jazz lounge in Paris, juxtaposing the individuals and instrument played.

For additional information about Mays' original painting, as well as prints and memorabilia of the work, visit his Web site at EalyMaysArtWorks.com.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Les Amis Bids Adieu to Richard A. Long

It was with sadness that Les Amis de Beauford Delaney learned of the passing of Richard A. Long.  He died on January 4, 2013.

 Portrait of Richard A. Long
Oil on canvas (1965)
High Museum of Art

Richard was a great friend of Beauford and has contributed numerous times to the richness of this blog:

Richard A. Long and Beauford Delaney
Special Video: Richard A. Long Talks about Beauford - Part 1
Special Video: Richard A. Long Talks about Beauford - Part 2

He was a donor for the Beauford Delaney Gravesite Project and recently supported our application for funding for a second Beauford Delaney biography and the creation of a catalogue raisonné of Beauford's art.  He was always generous with his time and knowledge.  It was a pleasure to have gotten to know him.

For a beautiful and eloquent summation of Richard's life and work, read the article published by Arts Atlanta at the following link:


Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Portrait for Sale

Beauford captured the likeness of his friend Richard Gibson in a portrait painted in Paris in 1955:

Portrait of Richard Gibson
Beauford Delaney
Oil on canvas (1955)

Click HERE to read the story of how Richard sat for the portrait.

The painting was hung as part of the exposition of Beauford's works that the Philadelphia Museum of Art held in 2005. As Richard is a native of Philadelphia, he was proud to have his portrait shown during this exhibit.  Click HERE to read more about this exposition.

Richard Gibson standing next to his portrait at the 2005 exposition
Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Richard Gibson

Richard owns the painting and is offering it for sale.  Interested parties should address an e-mail message to Craig Allen at craig.persmail[at]yahoo[dot]com.

To read Richard's tribute to Beauford, click on the following link:
A Tribute to Beauford...in Gratitude

Saturday, January 5, 2013

2013 Happy New Year Greetings from Les Amis

Happy New Year everyone!
  May 2013 bring you all the love, joy, and prosperity that you desire!

Beauford Delaney
(1953) Carl Van Vechten

This year is an important one for Les Amis de Beauford Delaney.  I will renew the concession on Beauford's gravesite this spring and will continue to pursue getting permission to place a plaque in Beauford's honor on a building façade in Montparnasse.  I will also continue to search out the locations in the U.S. and around the world where Beauford's art is located.

Untitled (Rainbow Abstraction)
(1962) Watercolor and gouache on paper
Photo courtesy of Swann Galleries

I want to thank you for your support of Les Amis and hope that you will continue to follow and support our efforts!

President, Les Amis de Beauford Delaney