Trash or Treasure?


Rhode Island Artist’s connection to Abercrombie & Fitch

Q. I have a number of paintings that my father commissioned from Robert Sleicher, to paint animals my father photographed on a safari to Africa in the 1970’s. I do not know much about him but was told he is famous. Can you tell me anything about him?

A. Robert Sleicher (1927-) is a painter who was born and raised in Rhode Island. He ran a foundry with his brother in Johnston and painting was just a hobby. He vacationed in the Adirondacks since a boy and loved to hunt. A heart attack forced him to re-evaluate his life and he moved to the Adirondacks over 25 years ago to paint full time. He paints mostly landscapes, usually including some of his favorite subjects of deer and other wildlife. He preferred to work in oil and canvases ranged from 8”x 10” to very large and impressive canvases. His works appeared in many magazines including “The Conservationist” and “Yankee Magazine”. His work also received much attention after Abercrombie & Fitch (back when its focus was outdoors outfitting) opened a gallery on Fifth Avenue in New York. Many of his works are in museums and private collections. Above is an example of his work. This painting is 8”x 10” (unframed) and recently sold at auction for $350. Larger canvases would sell for $2,500 and up depending on size, subject and condition.

Karen Waterman is a fine art, antique furniture and decorative arts appraiser in the East Bay area and will answer as many questions about your own “hidden treasures” as possible. By sending a letter of email with a question, your give full permission for use in the column. Names, addresses or e-mail will not be published and photos will be returned if requested. Send e-mails (digital photos are encouraged) to Send snail mail to East Bay Newspapers, Attn. Karen Waterman, P.O.Box 90, Bristol, RI 02809.

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