Anglim Gilbert Gallery donates "Little Black Portrait" from Jerome's estate.
Now is your chance! If you ever wanted to own an original painting by Jerome Caja and support one of San Francisco's great independent arts organizations, then join in the online bidding (Paddle8: "Little Black Portrait" by Jerome Caja). This is a recent addition to the San Francisco Cinematheque's art auction and can be found on the Paddle8 website, which is currently accepting bids. The final sale will close during a silent auction this Saturday night, September 26th, at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.
Description, History, and Provenance
"Little Black Portrait" is a small black and white portrait of a man painted on a torn scrap of paper. The man appears in profile with his index finger pointing up. The piece was mounted by Jerome himself under glass in a simple wood frame. It was part of Jerome's personal art collection that he kept in his home. After his death in November 1995, the Jerome Caja Estate consigned it to Gallery Paule Anglim, which is now called the Anglim Gilbert Gallery. The starting bid is set at $1,000, with an estimated value at $2,500. The beauty of this piece is in its tenderness. Jerome painted hundreds of tiny intimate portraits on paper or bottle-caps, some which were family and friends, and many were simply interesting faces. Rarely did he frame them like this one. The subject of this piece is unknown.
Lastly, Shannon Trimble, Manager of Anglim Gilbert Gallery, personally selected this piece for the auction. As he so eloquently puts it, "The man in this piece -- another of Jerome's many saints -- appears to be pointing towards heaven."