PAINT - A TRIBUTE TO HARLEY
lost a National Treasure when Harley Warrick died November
24, 2000 at the age of 76.
46 years, from the Appalachian range to Missouri,
Harley Warrick roamed the country's highways painting
barnside advertisements touting Mail Pouch Tobacco.
One such barn in Lanesville, Indiana, inspired my very first limited
edition print, "Mail Pouch
Barn" in 1973.
My publishing career was launched but it was twenty more
years before I would actually meet the man who inspired it.
August of 1993, I invited Harley Warrick, the last remaining painter
of Mail Pouch tobacco barns in America, to repaint that very Lanesville,
Indiana barn. He had first painted in November, 1962: "I
was working on that barn when I heard news of John Kennedy's assassination"
I asked, "why did you paint the H E W
before painting the C?"
"I always like to sign my work before I begin", he replied.
"You see, my name is Harley E. Warrick - HEW."
Paint - A Tribute To Harley"
honors Harley Warrick for the lifetime career he spent along
America's highways and the trail of over 21,000 barnsides he left
behind. AND the memories - ah yes, millions of memories. Thanks
Date: October 1994
Harley graciously co-signed each of the following
Edition Size: 950 S/N - Issue Price: $75.00
Artist Proofs: 50 S/N - Issue Price: $95.00
Tribute Edition: 35 S/N - Issue Price: $150.00
following prints were signed by Ray after Harley's
Lanesville Edition: 12 S/N - $95.00
Size: 17.5 x 22
July of 1993, along with American farm artist
Lowell Davis and Lilliput Lane's founder
I invited Harley Warrick to join us on Lowell's
southwest Missouri farm
to paint a Mail Pouch barn, "The Birdsong".
THE BIRDSONG QUARTET - July 21, 1993, Red
near Carthage, Missouri
DAY (far left) - Lowell had invited me
to sculpt his relocated barn and add it to the American
Landmarks Collection of miniature architectual sculptores produced
by Lilliput Lane in Penrith, England.
TATE (second from left) - Founder of Lilliput Lane,
and longtime friend of Lowell, David agreed to produce my sculpture
of "The Birdsong" as part of the American Landmarks
WARRICK (center) - Retired after 46 years and 21,000
Mail Pouch barns, Harley traveled to Lowell's farm near Carthage,
MO, to paint his "last barn west of the Mississippi."
DAVIS (right) - Mr. Birdsong's barn was moved six miles
to Red Oak II following an earlier visit from Ray, David
and Lowell. The title honors Mr. Birdsong's dog who died following
an accident with my van that fateful morning.
(Released Jan, 1994 - Retired Sept. 1997)
is a tribute to America's treasured folk artist,
Pouch Barn subjects by Ray Day:
Limited Edition Prints:
Barn - October 1973
Pouch, Mail Pouch - March 1982
Fresh Paint - A Tribute to Harley
- October 1994
Mail Pouch Barn
- July 1986
American Landmarks Sculpture
for Lilliupt Lane
Mail Pouch Barn - October 1989 (Retired
The Birdsong - January
1994 (Retired September 1997)