Born in Albany, Oregon in 1894, Blaine appears to have created his past on the fly. Whether he was self-taught or obtained training along the way, he was an accomplished painter and illustrator, who produced drawings reminiscent of Beardsley both in style and content. He also produced the extravagant, colorful artwork for John Steinbeck's first novel, Cup Of Gold. Much of his illustration work was sensual and erotic in nature, which is hard to square with his freelance relationship with the likes of Arizona Highways magazine, but there you have it.
All of our Blaine prints are from the first edition of Nova Venus, privately published at New York in 1938 in an edition of three hundred portfolios containing thirty-eight darkly erotic pen-and-ink drawings by the artist printed in black ink over a yellow background on good quality laid paper. Our copy, number 297, was much the worse for wear but many of the images, tipped to acidic, peach-colored mounts, were in very good or near-fine condition.
The prints were removed from their mounts and cleaned. They were then mounted and matted using archival materials. A few of the sheets may be rippled and show minor defects outside of the mat area, and are priced accordingly.