Rating: Strange requests for help of our time
This one takes the biscuit. A British woman, Janet Stuart, is desperate to obtain some publicity for a ‘painting’ by American artist, Bertha Lum, that she has inherited. It seems that while Lum is presently flavour of the month in her home country (USA), over in the UK there is little interest in her work amongst the art auction houses. She’s trawled the Net and there is no sign of any image of the work. So she’s approached GoMobile News with the idea of creating either an app or a wallpaper so she can get the image onto the iTunes App Store. We’re not sure whether or not this ruse will work.Ms Stuart was given the ‘painting’ by her step mother, Joy for whom the work was purchased by her father out in the Orient.
The trouble is that Ms Stuart has virtually no documentation to back up the work’s authenticity.
Furthermore, it’s not actually a ‘painting’ in the normal sense of the word – a picture created with watercolours or oils.
It’s actually a woodblock that’s been painted and presumably was utilised to make one of her famous prints.
Except when she searched a list of Lum prints provided by the Hanga Gallery here, there was no sign of it.
Worse still –unlike many Lum prints, this one has only her signature and no name for the work.
In desperation, Ms Stuart turned to GoMobile News for advice on how to put the work in front on an American audience and in particular onto iTunes.
Well the one thing which we can say, Ms Stuart, is that you’re going to need a much better digital image than the one you supplied to us (below).
What do you think will work best? App or wallpaper?