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Edgar Leeteg Black Velvet Painting

Painting of an old smiling Tahitian man with grey hair. Custom frame from LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids, MI. 
Part of the Mark Sellers Tiki Collection at Max’s South Seas Hideaway in Grand Rapids
Edgar Leeteg
Edgar William Leeteg (April 13, 1904 – February 7, 1953 ) was an American painter often considered the father of American velvet painting. He became a French citizen after immigrating to French Polynesia in 1933, where he spent the rest of his life painting the local life on black velvet.