Matthew B. Sellers
Aviation Pioneer 1869-1932

John Blakemore Sellers
Grandson of Matthew B. Sellers, II
Art Collection

John Sellers, born in 1956,  is a self-taught artist whose inspiration for water color and oil painting creations are inspired by his appreciation of Dutch and early American artists.  He has an interest in American history and the history of those ancestors that lived during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.  He has a deep respect for the Native American cultures, is troubled by their demise at the hands of the American Government and land barons, and would like to help through his art to preserve their history and culture.

John's other interests lie in documenting the histories of families that are directly and indirectly related to his family.  Many of his father's ancestral roots lie throughout northern Kentucky and originate from North Carolina and Virginia.   A number of his father's ancestors immigrated to Jamestown Colony, Virginia from England.  A few of his father's ancestors fought in the Second Virginia Regiment, George Washington's Regiment, during the Revolutionary War, and sympathized with the South during the Civil War.  He is related to George Washington through George Washington's aunt.  Two of John's mothers ancestors emigrated from England and arrived at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts aboard the Mayflower.  Some of the descendants moved to Maine.  During the Civil War, John's mothers ancestors sided with of the Union.

Having served in the US Navy in helicopter and jet aircraft squadrons and a career as a Geologist, John unknowingly followed the root interests of his grandfather Matthew Bacon Sellers II, an aviation pioneer and mining enthusiast.  His grandfather is considered to have flown the first lightest aircraft ever flown about the time of the Wright Brothers first flight, first to fly in Kentucky, built a higher quality wind tunnel than the Wright Brothers, invented the retractable landing gear, and served with Thomas Edison on the Naval Consulting Board prior to World War I as their aviation expert reviewing and rendering opinions on helicopter and aircraft designs for use in the war effort.  Generations of Carter County families in Kentucky to this day still believe that Matthew Sellers flew before the Wright brothers.

John's oil painting of his great grandfather's Oakland Plantation currently is displayed at the Louisiana Cotton Museum at Lake Providence, Louisiana.  Union General McPherson, his officers and troops occupied the plantation during the Civil War while preparing for the Battle of Vicksburg.  At the same time, General Grant occupied the Arlington Plantation across Lake Providence from the Oakland Plantation.  An oil painting of his grandfather flying his quadraplane (four-winged) at his home in the hills above Grahn, Kentucky is on display at Carter Caves State Park, as John's grandfather frequented the park in the late 1880s.  More recently, John has commenced painting portraits of Native Americans who are making their needed contribution to preserve and educate current generations of the Native American history and culture, past and present.

Ultimately it is Johns desire to leave behind a legacy through his artistic expressions and research of Native Americans, descendants of pioneers, and personal ancestors.


"Tilling of the Field"

Original Oil Painting has been Donated*

*Prints are available 8.00" x 16.50" unmounted $57.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING


"The Girl with a Pearl Earring"

Original Oil Painting is available with a Gold Antique Frame
Oval 16.00" x 20.00"
$350.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 8.00" x 10.00" unmounted oval $57.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING


"The Dutch Mistress"

Original Oil Painting is available with a Gold Antique Frame
Oval 16.00" x 20.00" 
$350.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 8.25" x 10.25" unmounted oval $57.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING


 "Summer Dreams"
 Grayson Lake, Kentucky

Winner of the "People's Choice Award"
Grayson Art Gallery Show
Grayson, Kentucky
January 31, 2014

Original Oil is available on canvas with wrap around sides
35.75" x 24.00" $400.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 10.75" x 16.50" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING


"Returning from the Hunt"

Original Oil Painting has been Donated*

*Prints are available 10.75" x 13.50" unmounted $42.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

"Meadow Fall Color Melange"

Original Oil is available on Canvas with wrap around sides
23.75" x 48.00" $400.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 8.25" x 17.00" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

"Old Locomotive # 115 C&O Railroad"

 

Original Oil Painting has been Donated*

The Original Oil was painted on a remnant wood plank
from the Old Hitchin's Depot in Kentucky.


*Prints are available 8.00" x 16.50 unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 


"Inlet Solitude"

Original Oil is available on Canvas with wrap around sides
18.00" x 24.00 $550.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net 

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 9.75" x 13.00" unmounted $57.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 


"Evening at the Beach"

Original Oil is available with a Wood Frame
24.00" x 30.00 $450.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 9.75" x 12.00" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

 

"Amerigold Jewelers"

Original Oil Painting has been Donated*

*Prints are available 10.75" x 13.50" unmounted $42.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

"Yellow Fin Tuna Feed" 

Original Oil is available on Canvas with wrap around sides
24.00" x 30.00 $450.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 9.75" x 12.00" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 


"Clamming in the Harbor"

Original Oil is available with a Wood Frame
12.00" x 23.75" $350.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 8.00" x 16.50" unmounted $57.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

"Jordan's Pond"

Original Oil Painting has been Donated*

*Prints are available 10.75" x 13.50" unmounted $42.00
ALL PRINTS ARE SIGNED PERSONALLY AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

"Coastal Guardian"

Original Watercolor is framed with a Gold Metal Frame and Glass
17.00" x 30.00" $350.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 10.75" x 16.50" unmounted $42.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE SHIPPING

 

 

"Joe"

Original Oil Painting has been Donated*

*Prints are available 8.00"x 10.00" unmounted oval $57.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE SHIPPING

 

"Calm before the Storm"

Original Oil is available with a Wood Frame
24.00" x 48.00" $300.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 8.25" x 17.00" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

 

"United in Marriage - Sauk and Cherokee"

Original Oil has been Donated*

*Prints are available 8.00" x 10.00" unmounted oval $57.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE SHIPPING

 

 

"Spreading the Gospel" 

Original Oil is available with a Wood Frame
14.00" x 20.00" $200.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 10.75" x 13.50" unmounted $42.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 


"The Family Tree"

Original Oil has been Donated*

* Prints are available 8.00" x 16.50" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

 


"Outgoing Tide"

Original Watercolor has been Donated*

*Prints are available 10.75" x 16.50" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

 


"Flying on a Whim"

Original Watercolor has been Donated*

*This powered parachute was done of Tony Collier, the creator of the Documentary on Matthew B. Sellers, II flying over the hills of Grahn, Kentucky

*Prints are available 10.75" x 16.50" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

 


"Homeward Bound"

Original Watercolor has been Donated*

*Prints are available 8.00" x 16.50" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

 


"Rembrandt Self Portrait"

Original Oil Painting is available with a Gold Antique Frame
Oval 16.00" x 20.00"
$350.00*

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

*Prints are available 8.00" x 10.00" unmounted oval $57.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING

 

 

"Cape Voyage"

The Original of this Oil is available on Canvas with wrap around sides
17.00" x 20.00" $600.00

*If interested in the original please email me at barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

 to discuss shipping costs and arrangements. I will send you an invoice.

Prints are also available 10.75" x 13.25" Mounted or Unmounted.
On Prints please add 5.00 for shipping.


"Blakemore"
Grahn, Kentucky

"Blakemore" has been Donated* 
Matthew B. Sellers conducted his experiments and took
Kentucky's first powered flight on December 28th, 1908.
The original of this oil painting is now hanging at the
Lodge at Carter Caves State Park.

*Prints are available 8.00" x 16.5" unmounted $47.00
ALL PRINTS ARE PERSONALLY SIGNED AND INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING


"BACK TO NATURE"
PICTURE FRAMES OR FRAMES WITH MIRROR

 

These beautiful Picture Frames and Frames with Mirror
are each custom made to customer's specifications.

24" x 24"

The following pictures are a sample of the work John does.
These pieces of Art have all been sold.

The price is $75.00 plus shipping.
If you live in Kentucky you can save on shipping
by picking it up in Grayson, Kentucky.

If you live in Chicago, IL you can pick them up there also
without any shipping charges.

Due to the delicate nature of these frames the shipping can run up to $20.00 depending on where you are located.
They have to be bubble wrapped and secured in a sturdy box.

The ones shown are made from Sycamore, Maple, Birch or Oak with various added touches including things like mushrooms, butterflies and moss.

If interested in a custom made frame whether for a mirror or picture
please contact

barbarasellers57@sbcglobal.net

with your specifications.

We will send you an invoice for the shipping
if you do not live in Illinois or Kentucky.

Shipping will be calculated.

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


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