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Lee Reynolds

Lee Reynolds (UNITED STATES, 1936–2017)

Lee Reynolds Burr (1936–2017) opened his Vanguard Studios in Beverly Hills, California, in 1964 to make oil paintings an attainable decoration for any American household. With seascapes, nautical scenes, still lifes, bullfights, cowboys, pastoral views, hot-air balloons, horse races and abstractions, there was a Vanguard Studios creation to match any taste and interior.

Born in Los Angeles, Burr studied art at the University of Southern California. After graduating and a stint in the U.S. Army, he worked in a local studio as a painter before becoming a home decor entrepreneur with financial support from his mother.

Only a fraction of the alleged hundreds of thousands of oil paintings produced by Vanguard were actually painted by Burr, even though they were signed “Lee Reynolds,” “Lee Burr” or just “Reynolds.” (As he would later state, those signed solely “Lee Reynolds Burr” were by his own hand, and he would sometimes include a thumbprint as proof.) Instead, a team of artists organized in an assembly line hand-painted and copied works on an eclectic range of subjects, the originals often being created by Burr while other canvases were purchased at auctions in Europe and reproduced at Vanguard. Sold in furniture stores and through interior decorators nationwide, the Reynolds-signed paintings soon became ubiquitous above couches in living rooms all over the United States.

These paintings regularly mirrored art-world trends, such as the Abstract Expressionism of the 1960s, but at prices that were much more affordable than fine art. Vanguard Studios was sold to the Kirsch Company in 1974, but Burr’s name was still used on Vanguard paintings. Burr would start East Park Gallery in 1981 and continue to produce works in a more contemporary style until his retirement in 1998.

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Large Decorative Lee Reynolds Floral Painting
By Lee Reynolds
Located in New York, NY
Large playful oil on canvass signed Lee Reynolds. This painting depicts stylized flowers, perhaps Black Eyed Susans or Daisies? Perfect to brighten up a large space with a touch of s...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lee Reynolds

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Canvas, Paint

1960s Original Oil on Canvas Abstract Painting by, Lee Reynolds-Signed
By Lee Reynolds
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1960'S Original oil on canvas abstract painting by, Lee Reynolds. This large scale original piece of art features a bright white ground with vivid orange, yellow, red and pink impast...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Metal

1970s Lee Reynolds Floral Abstract / Still Life Oil on Canvas
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Denver, CO
Beautiful, lively still life oil painting on canvas in blues, violet, yellows and green on primary white background by Lee Reynolds, 1970s. Size: 41" x 41" framed.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Canvas, Paint

Oil On Canvas Lee Reynolds Impressionist Black Cat 3D Blowing Curtain
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Toledo, OH
Original oil on canvas by Impressionist artist Lee Reynolds. Black walking on a window ledge of a stone house with three dimensional curtain blowing. 4' x 5'
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Lee Reynolds

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Canvas

Lee Reynolds Impressionist Garden Oil On Canvas
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Chicago, IL
Lee Reynolds, American (1936-), oil on canvas impressionistic garden scene of cobble stones, blue iris, crimson fox gloves and red poppies. Finished in simple brushed brass gallery s...
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1970s American Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Canvas

Lee Reynolds Large Abstract Painting Vanguard Studio
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Westport, CT
Large Lee Reynolds abstract oil painting circa 1960s for Vanguard Studios original tag to back with a polished aluminum original frame.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lee Reynolds

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Metal

Midcentury Abstract Chicago Cityscape Signed Oil Painting by Lee Reynolds
By Lee Reynolds
Located in London, GB
A large midcentury signed oil painting by Lee Reynolds (Vanguard Studios) of a Chicago street scene on an overcast day. The painting has the perspective from one end of the street wi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lee Reynolds

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Paint

Majestic Original X-Large Sailboat Painting by Lee Reynolds
By Lee Reynolds
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice X-large original sailboat oil on canvas by Lee Reynolds, circa 1980s well done piece a tiny tear as shown an a corner tear as shown unframed sold as is.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lee Reynolds

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Canvas

Lee Reynolds Abstract Art
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Dallas, TX
1980s abstract art by Lee Reynolds.
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1980s Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Paint

Mid-Century Modern Framed Large Abstract Acrylic Canvas Painting Lee Reynolds
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a captivating, framed, acrylic on canvas painting, signed Lee Reynolds. In very good condition. The dimensions are 61" W x 49" H.   
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Canvas, Paint

Lee Reynolds Burr
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Hingham, MA
1960s oil on canvas abstract painting signed 'Reynolds'. This large scale artwork features a bright white ground with vivid yellow, orange, red and pink textured palette knife detail...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Aluminum

Large Midcentury Hollywood Regency Floral Painting by Lee Reynolds
By Lee Reynolds
Located in San Diego, CA
Large Lee Reynolds oil on canvas painting, is begging for a place in your Hollywood Regency decor. brass-trimmed frame and bright, inviting colors. Very good vintage condition with s...
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20th Century American Hellenistic Lee Reynolds

Midcentury Original Oil Red Abstract Oil on Canvas Signed Reynolds
By Lee Reynolds
Located in West Hartford, CT
1970s original oil on canvas framed abstract large painting. Signed on front. All original.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Canvas

Large Mid-Century Modern Abstract Painting by Lee Reynolds Burr
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Bold Lee Reynolds abstract painting having sensual shapes in earth colors, reminiscent of rock forms. Original silver metal frame. Painting: H 48" W 60".             
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Canvas

Mid-Century Modern Hot Air Balloon Oil Painting
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern oil painting by manufacturer Lee Reynolds features numerous hot air balloons coasting through the sky with a brass frame. This work of art displays intri...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds

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Brass

Gorgeous Large-Scale Lee Reynolds Abstract Painting, Mid-Century Modern
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A large, Mid-Century Modern abstract painting featuring beautiful brown, yellow, and beige hues in varying intensities. This piece has a dark brown wood frame with a gold trim. Sign...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lee Reynolds

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1960s Striking Large Oil on Canvas by Lee Reynolds Still Life
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H 41.25 in. W 42 in. D 1.5 in.
Original Oil Painting "Music" by Van Gaard
By Van Gaard, Lee Reynolds
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