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Vintage 1960s Gravel Artwork Wall Art Drama Mask and More

Retro drama mask wall art;  this is a vintage, circa 1960s-1970s, kitschy Drama Mask gravel/stone/tile wall art panel.
Retro drama mask wall art; this is a vintage, circa 1960s-1970s, kitschy Drama Mask gravel/stone/tile wall art panel.

The Mid-Century Modern Era Was from 1945 to Around 1965

The Mid-Century Modern era was from 1945 to around 1965, and it was an extension of the early Modernism movement. Even though it focused mainly on architecture there was great design in interior design and product design in the post-World War Two era.

Much wall art panel artwork was done in gravel, sand, glass, stones, and tiles. Some of the best-known, respected influences of the era include designers such as Charles & Ray Eames; the movement also had great effect on California Builder Joseph Eichler, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was Wright whose earlier work is said to be the cornerstone of the Mid-Century movement in architecture.

Many intricate pieces were made of gravel in a mosaic pieces and rope cord type design during this period. This kind of art today is both kitschy and a beautiful example of mid-century modernist art and today they are very collectable. Stone and pebble mosaic from the 1950s and 1960s in the strict sense of the word was an art form in transition. These stone mosaics were popular mainly because of their beauty and the efficient production methods of modern mosaic companies of that time.

Vintage Mid-century Modern Pebble & Gravel Art Drama Mask

The gravel art pieces shown in this article are an example of this modern Danish movement.
The gravel art pieces shown in this article are an example of this modern Danish movement.

These Mosaic Pictures Have a Magical Effect

Back in the 1950s and 1960s gravel art made from crushed stone were made into amazing mosaic with great artist inspired pictures and themes for homes and office walls. These vintage crushed rock or gravel art pieces or mosaics are now very popular to collect and show. They can give a home or office that "Mad Men" look for a wonderful retro theme. There is braiding and tiny barrel beads in many of these timeless pieces. Once on the wall these mosaic pictures have a magical effect on one’s emotion and mood.

These Grave Mosaic Art Kits Came in a Variety of Designs

These were made from kits which came complete with gravel, and braids and string for the border edges between the bright and glassy colors, glue was included and the design already printed on a canvas board.
These were made from kits which came complete with gravel, and braids and string for the border edges between the bright and glassy colors, glue was included and the design already printed on a canvas board.

The Gravel Art Is an Example of the Modern Danish Movement

In the mid-20th Century in the United States cultural changes brought about many changes in social thinking, political views, and in the economic in general. The American middle-class flourished and began buying news and different things, among other things, very modern and new age art that was being mass produced for the new mobile and savvy middle class.

Today some collectors call art from this remarkable era kitschy, some call it retro or very modern, other just love it, and want to collect it and have it in their homes.

The mosaic gravel art pieces shown in this article are an example of this modern Danish movement. These were made from kits which came complete with gravel, and braids and string for the border edges between the bright and glassy colors, glue was included and the design already printed on a canvas’s board. In many ways this was much like the paint by number kits that were also sold at this time period. These gravel mosaic art kits came in a very wide variety of designs and price range for the tastes, and pocket book of the consumer.

You Can See the Attention to Detail in These Mosaics

These folks loved making these mosaics, they became family projects and many people to great pride in their self-made mosaic artwork that they had made around the kitchen table.
These folks loved making these mosaics, they became family projects and many people to great pride in their self-made mosaic artwork that they had made around the kitchen table.

The Picturesque Kit Is Complete, All the Materials You Will Need

The Picturesque kit is complete with all the materials you will need, a work sheet is included giving you easy directions to follow. You will be thrilled with the first panel you do.
The Picturesque kit is complete with all the materials you will need, a work sheet is included giving you easy directions to follow. You will be thrilled with the first panel you do.

Family Fun, These Folks Loved Making Gravel Mosaics

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol said, “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.” During this era there were many great kits, and Gravel Art manufacturers of these gravel and pebble mosaic art styles. The remarkable thing about this type of art is you could make everything from exotic pebble birds, poodles, bull fighters, to Greek drama mask. In the 1960s everyone needed some new age art for their new home in the fast growing Danish modern suburbs of America, and there were mosaic artists, and manufacturers ready to provide "do it yourself" mosaic art kits to this new and growing middle class in the United States of the 1960s. These folks loved making these mosaics, they became family projects and many people to great pride in their self-made mosaic artwork that they had made around the kitchen table.

Two Lovely Vintage Mid-Century Gravel Wall PIeces

These are adorned with a seascape, coastline, ocean life, lighthouse, and boats. Each measures 36 inches tall x 12 inches wide and has wood trim on the side edges.
These are adorned with a seascape, coastline, ocean life, lighthouse, and boats. Each measures 36 inches tall x 12 inches wide and has wood trim on the side edges.

Beautiful Vintage 1950s Gladiator Gravel Wall Art by Picturesque

Cool gravel gladiator with three horses and a large Greek or Roman helmet. This beauty is in good vintage condition; no gravel lost or loose. It is 13 inches  tall, 37 inches wide, and 2 inches deep. A true Ben Hur beauty to behold.
Cool gravel gladiator with three horses and a large Greek or Roman helmet. This beauty is in good vintage condition; no gravel lost or loose. It is 13 inches tall, 37 inches wide, and 2 inches deep. A true Ben Hur beauty to behold.

PQL-9 Golden Image of Buddha by Picturesque

PQL-9 Golden Image of Buddha by Picturesque, made in 1962 and breathtaking still today.
PQL-9 Golden Image of Buddha by Picturesque, made in 1962 and breathtaking still today.

Modern 1960s Pebble Gravel Art Comedy and Drama Mask with lute

Mosaic Gravel Art Tropical Dancers

VINTAGE CRUSHED GRAVEL MOSAIC ART PAIR OF DANCERS MID CENTURY MODERN 13"X36".
VINTAGE CRUSHED GRAVEL MOSAIC ART PAIR OF DANCERS MID CENTURY MODERN 13"X36".

1960s Gravel Stone Mosaic Retro Drama Mask Wall Art

Here is a catalog page from a 1966 Sears book - showing this art as well as many other designs.
Here is a catalog page from a 1966 Sears book - showing this art as well as many other designs.

“Picturesque” Made all Kinds of Mosaics

During the 1960s era those gravel art kits were really quite amazing, and it very tragic that no one manufactures them anymore. Many kits were to be made by a company called the General Crafts Corporation. The brand name of the mosaics produced by this company was called “Picturesque”. They made everything from Drama Masks, Golden parrots, Beautiful Dancers, Bull Fighters, to Cockatoos, and these Cockatoos were not only gravel, but many parts of the wings, and the birds crest were made out of shiny gold sequins.

Moderm 1960s Pebble Gravel Art Comedy Mask with Lute

This is a 1960s  vintage mid century modern pebble or gravel art.  It is a comedy mask with a lute.  It is 24" x 8 1/2" in its wooden frame.
This is a 1960s vintage mid century modern pebble or gravel art. It is a comedy mask with a lute. It is 24" x 8 1/2" in its wooden frame.

Picturesque Kits Were Made Until Around 1973

In the early 1960s brochures came with each Picturesque kit, that was like a catalog of the different types of stone and gravel mosaics the company was making that year, and the brochures would shows beautiful color pictures of about two dozen or so of the kits that they were offering that year. Picturesque kits were made up until around 1973. At that time, another company purchased the company, and they were sold as Open Door Mosaic kits and the Open Door Mosaics Company went out of business in 1978.

The remarkable thing about this type of art is you could make everything from exotic pebble birds, poodles, bull fighters, to Greek drama mask. In the 1960s everyone needed some new age art for their new home in the suburbs.
The remarkable thing about this type of art is you could make everything from exotic pebble birds, poodles, bull fighters, to Greek drama mask. In the 1960s everyone needed some new age art for their new home in the suburbs.
Vintage Picturesque wall panel mosaic tile and glass kit by NUMBER PQS-11 American, by  General Craft Corporation.
Vintage Picturesque wall panel mosaic tile and glass kit by NUMBER PQS-11 American, by General Craft Corporation.
Great Work of art and YOU are the artist! Kit is complete with instructions and all pieces needed to finish project. In original box.
Great Work of art and YOU are the artist! Kit is complete with instructions and all pieces needed to finish project. In original box.
Kit contains imported mosaic tiles, beads, braids, colorful stones and sparkling colored glass All to be crafted on textured fabric, trimmed with a 8 1/2" X 24" grained-styled frame.
Kit contains imported mosaic tiles, beads, braids, colorful stones and sparkling colored glass All to be crafted on textured fabric, trimmed with a 8 1/2" X 24" grained-styled frame.

"AMERICANA " Colonial Pictures by Picturesque

This distinctive wall panel is a kit by number when finished is a true work of art !  It is entitled "AMERICANA " Colonial Pictures
This distinctive wall panel is a kit by number when finished is a true work of art ! It is entitled "AMERICANA " Colonial Pictures
1960s Vintage Picturesque wall panel mosaic tile and glass kit by NUMBER PQS-11, by General Craft Corporation GENERAL CRAFTS CORP.
1960s Vintage Picturesque wall panel mosaic tile and glass kit by NUMBER PQS-11, by General Craft Corporation GENERAL CRAFTS CORP.

Gravel Mosaic Artwork, 1962 Picturesque PQL-2, Golden Pheasant Wall Panel

A  vintage mosaic tile wall hanging from the 1950s featuring a jester / harlequin striking a pose with one hand on the hip, while the other is holding a rose.  Framed in a wooden frame.  Tile colors are white, green, purple, gold, and red.
A vintage mosaic tile wall hanging from the 1950s featuring a jester / harlequin striking a pose with one hand on the hip, while the other is holding a rose. Framed in a wooden frame. Tile colors are white, green, purple, gold, and red.
Imported Mosaic tiles, beads, braids, colorful stoners, sparkling colored glass combine to create a most distinct panel.
Imported Mosaic tiles, beads, braids, colorful stoners, sparkling colored glass combine to create a most distinct panel.
Early 1960s Mid Century Modern Gravel Art Native Dancer with Drum Incorporates real feathers and jewels Drum is high relief, Simply stunning ... Over 3 feet tall measurements 36.5" x 13"
Early 1960s Mid Century Modern Gravel Art Native Dancer with Drum Incorporates real feathers and jewels Drum is high relief, Simply stunning ... Over 3 feet tall measurements 36.5" x 13"
Awesome pair of late1950s early 1960s King and Queen playing cards gravel wall art. They are 12 1/2 inches wide and 36 inches high.
Awesome pair of late1950s early 1960s King and Queen playing cards gravel wall art. They are 12 1/2 inches wide and 36 inches high.
This is a set of two super cool gravel art pictures in excellent condition. It has a beige woven fabric background mounted on Masonite with a wood frame on two sides. The mosaic features a still life arrangement with a wine goblet, cheese wedges, cut
This is a set of two super cool gravel art pictures in excellent condition. It has a beige woven fabric background mounted on Masonite with a wood frame on two sides. The mosaic features a still life arrangement with a wine goblet, cheese wedges, cut
Three Piece Vintage Asian Gravel Art Set Mid Century Modern. The large one measures 36" x 12.5. Smaller ones measure 24" x 8.5.
Three Piece Vintage Asian Gravel Art Set Mid Century Modern. The large one measures 36" x 12.5. Smaller ones measure 24" x 8.5.
1960s Gravel Pebble Sand Rock Mosaic Wall KNIGHTS Hanging Art Plaques ...  	Wood Frame Textile Background Gravel Tile Rock
1960s Gravel Pebble Sand Rock Mosaic Wall KNIGHTS Hanging Art Plaques ... Wood Frame Textile Background Gravel Tile Rock

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WiccanSage 20 months ago

Awesome! I totally remember these! Why did they go out of fashion, they're so cool?

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