New Work

This year marks the 350th birthday of our fair city, Charleston, South Carolina. BC, Before Covid, we had planned a show with several of our artists that would highlight the many aspects of Charleston, including its history. Kenn Backhaus, known for his dreamy landscapes and expressive figurative work, took the historical nature of our request and created a beautiful body of work focused on the Yemassee Indians and the dethroned Queen of the South—Rice.

Kenn Backhaus
Young Yamassee Warrior
14 x 11 inches | Oil on panel | 2700.00

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The Yemassee Indians were a confederation of Muskohegan tribes, they were a mixture of Native American and African American. Known for their fierce warriors and their trapping and hunting skills, the Yemassee were used as scouts helping the English and Scottish fight against the Spanish which were encroaching from Florida.

Kenn Backhaus
The Yamassee
16 x 12 inches | Oil on panel | 3950.00

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The two portraits of the Yamassee Indians seen here are based on photographs of the current head of the Yamassee Nation, Head Chief Se’khu Hadjo. For more information on the current state of the Yamassee Nation, please click here.

Kenn Backhaus
Puzzi la Nee
20 x 16 inches | Oil  | 4200.00

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Puzzi la Nee, yellow head, was the Indian name given these now extinct sub-tropical parakeets. These birds were prized for their bright plumage and could be found all along the Eastern Seaboard and as far West as Colorado. By the early 1900’s they were no longer found in the wild and were eventually declared extinct in 1939.

“The Yemassee bore the brunt of English Expansionism, border warfare, and demographic decline for thirty years. By 1715, they despaired of survival and retaliated with remarkable violence in April of that year.”

Taken from The History of Beaufort County by Laurence S. Rowland, Alexander Moore, and George C. Rogers, Jr.

Kenn Backhaus
First Light in the Swamp
10 x 20 inches | Oil on panel | 3500.00

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Kenn Backhaus
Playing in the Sheaves
20 x 16 inches | Oil on canvas | 4750.00

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On most plantations even the youngest slaves had a job. Playing in the Sheaves depicts the job of shaking the rice from the leaves for drying and harvest.

Kenn Backhaus
Trunk Tenders, First Light
11 x 14 inches | Oil on linen | 2650.00

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“Rice trunks. ingenious devices consisting of cypress boxes with hinged gates at either end, ran through the base of the dikes and controlled the flow of the tides” (from Walter Edgar’s South Carolina, A History)

Trunk tenders managed the flow of water in and out of the fields.

Kenn Backhaus
Last Light on the Rice Cutter
24 x 18 inches | Oil on canvas | 7500.00

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One of the many jobs for rice farming was the actual cutting of the sheaves. This was done with a hand held scythe.

Julyan Davis
Between
10 x 10 inches | Oil | 2000.00

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Julyan Davis
Moonlight, Charleston
9 x 12 inches | Oil | 2200.00

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Julyan Davis
Haint Blue
10 x 10 inches | Oil | 2000.00

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William R. Davis, Jr.
Sunset Sail
8 x 10 inches | Oil on panel | 5800.00

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Donald Demers
Yawl Flaneur in  Southern  Waters
20 x 24 inches | Oil on linen

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William R. Davis, Jr.
Late Day Fishermen
12 x 16 inches | Oil on panel | 11,500.00

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Mary Erickson
Afternoon Reach
11 x 14 inches | Oil on linen

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Mary Erickson
Morning Sacrament
36 x 24 inches | Oil on linen | On Hold

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Mary Erickson
Timeless Journey
24 x 36 inches | Oil on linen | On Hold

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West Fraser
Miss Cue
16 x 20 inches | Oil on linen

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West Fraser
Flirting  with Time
32 x 26 inches | Oil on linen |  On Hold

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West Fraser
Blackbird has Spoken
18 x 24 inches | Oil on linen

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West Fraser
Palmetto Shadow
16 x 12 inches | Oil on linen

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West Fraser
King Market
28 x 32 inches | Oil on linen

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West Fraser
Puddle Jumping
42 x 30 inches | Oil on linen

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