A 1977 dated Joseph Sleep folk art work constructed of paint and marker on masonite. Sleep led quite an interesting life. He was born on a boat on the ocean somewhere between Great Britain and Canada. He spent the early part of his life as a carny with the Bill Lynch Shows, but it wasn't until he spent a period in the Halifax Infirmary in the early 1970's that he took up painting. This work depicts a simple tree, a cat, and a bright shiny sun, all painted on a 13.5" x 13.5" piece of masonite. His most often chose this size for his later work because they hung easily on the fence at the Halifax Public Gardens where he sold his wares, and they also fit easily into a passing tourist's suitcase.
Unframed. Minor scufs and a small bump to the right top corner that would be obscured when framed. Some sort of inventory or collections numbers can be found on the reverse.