Leeteg

Leeteg

Babes, Bars, Beaches, and Black Velvet Art

CJ Cook

$9.99

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Labeled "Leeteg the Legend" by James Michener and Often Called the "American Gauguin"

Edgar Leeteg was the father of black velvet art and the genesis of a genre continuing today with the tiki and Polynesian pop art movement, nearly 70 years later.

Describing himself as a "fornicating, gin-soaked, dope-head," Leeteg took on the elite of the art establishment of Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1938 and shamed them in the press. Always the shrewd promoter and a creative genius, Edgar Leeteg possessed many titles, astounding fans and antagonizing critics. His insatiable lust for life led the author James Michener to label him "Leeteg the Legend" in his book, Rascals in Paradise (1957).

This is a biography of the artist Leeteg, who left California in 1933 bound for the South Pacific. His home in Tahiti allowed him to paint nudes, drink, and party with sensual vahines from the beaches to the bars of Tahiti.

He was a wealthy artist and legend in his lifetime, a goal few can achieve.

"Cook's work is entertaining and knowledgeable. The breadth of its featured cast, quotes, and remembrances make this biography lively. Tahiti, its people, roistering ex-pats, and luminous landscapes vibrate like personal memories. Leeteg's landscapes appear alongside Paul Gauguin's, questions the fine and arbitrary line that separates "popular" art from work acclaimed "great." —Foreword Reviews


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CJ Cook:
Author and historian, CJ Cook has long held an interest in the history of the South Pacific. His first book, Tyree, Artist of the South Pacific (2017) was a wonderful success, winning two Gold Awards for Best Cover and also for Best Biography from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) in April 2018. Cook is a lifelong manuscript collector who has a special interest in art, poetry, and the South Pacific. He also is a collector of art and artists of the South Pacific. Some of the paintings and many of the photos in this book come from his collection. A former Disney screenwriter, Michael Ashley owns the creative content company Ink Wordsmiths. He is a Forbes columnist and the author of twenty-six books, including four bestsellers. Michael specializes in turning his clients into thought leaders via ghostwriting books, articles, blogs, and websites, as well as consulting businesses on storytelling. A former newspaper reporter and current professional public speaker, Michael's writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, the National Examiner, Orange County Business Journal, Newsbase, & Orange County Register Author and historian, CJ Cook has long held an interest in the history of the South Pacific. His first book, Tyree, Artist of the South Pacific (2017) was a wonderful success, winning two Gold Awards for Best Cover and also for Best Biography from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) in April 2018. Cook is a lifelong manuscript collector who has a special interest in art, poetry, and the South Pacific. He also is a collector of art and artists of the South Pacific. Some of the paintings and many of the photos in this book come from his collection.

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