DAVID OSSMAN
Legendary Firesign Theatre Poet, Performer, Artist


To list the credentials of David Ossman on this page would make for a long list of award winning records, books, events, radio productions, comedy performances, theater productions, film voices, etc, etc. There is, however, a fairly well kept secret few people know about Ossman, and that is his visual art.

Corner of Hollywood and Crime
collage in plexiglass frame, action figures, wood     $350

Be Quiet  
framed collage     10 x 8"
SOLD

For at least the past 50 years, in his "spare" time, David has been creating series of collages, assemblages, handset letterpress poetry, and a variety of curious, quirky and peculiar reflections on American culture in an artistic effort rooted in Dadaism and Surrealism. Rarely exhibited, one can see these works around his home, or if lucky, when David pulls out a bulging portfolio of his creations, each with a story.
 

To purchase or inquire about David Ossman's work,
please contact the gallery at
800/858-5063 or email info@robschoutengallery.com

 

THE SEVEN LIVELY SINS

Vintage magazine plates deconstructed and adorned with captions in Tagalog.

Sold as a set of seven   $1400

Lesbian?
(Lust)

collage      6.75 x10"   

Call Girl
(
Gluttony)
collage      6.75 x10"   

Abandon Ship
(Desire)

collage      6.75 x10"   

Dry Honey Time
(Sloth)

collage       6.75 x10"  

Mister! What shall I do?
(Anger)

collage     6.75 x10"

You're Really a Darling
(Envy)

collage    6.75 x10" 

Call Boy
(Pride)

collage    6.75 x10" 


ASSEMBLAGES

Vintage figurines juxtaposed with collages in plexiglass frames on tile or wood bases.

Birds   $300

Rain is Falling   $300

Cleaning Up (after Edwin Drood)   $300

Corner Of Hollywood and Crime         $350

Great Gift      $300
collage in talking picture frame with figurines

See more assemblages in the FOUND MONUMENTS series further down on this page.
 

MORE COLLAGES

Vintage magazine plates reconstructed and adorned.

Homeland Security   framed   $500  

The Folded Unfolding Book    $500

A Fantastic Dance    $200

Gang of Slaves   $200

Dry Honey Time   framed   $250

Tap Tap   framed   $250

Persian Princess   $200

Fountain of Youth $200

Fountain of Youth $200

A Better Nose   $200

Surrender   $200

The Pigs Dinner  framed   $550 / set of two $900

Winter is Coming   framed   $550 / set of two $900

 

Empty Words

On the occasion of Ossman's 75th birthday, the gallery was given the unique opportunity to exhibit some of these pieces in "an assemblage of assemblages, collages, typographical works, found objects and poetry," as David likes to call it, brought together in five series of graphic works constructed over more than 40 years. Few of these pieces have been exhibited before.

To purchase or inquire about David Ossman's work, please contact the gallery at 800/858-5063. 

O MOLE CHEW ME (Homage to "The Mole People")  1956
antique paper banner (altered) with metal clips in original packaging and instructions for further activities     $450

WESTERN STORY SERIES
deconstructed messages from vintage pulp magazines

Whistlin' on the Draw
collage   10 x 8"  framed  $300

Guns & Gunners
collage   10 x 8"  framed  $300

Night of Live Bait
collage   10 x 8"  framed  $300

Past Painted Post
collage   10 x 8"  framed  $300

A Double Feed of Oats
collage   10 x 8"  framed  $300

Easy as ABC
collage   10 x 8"  framed  $300

WINNING THE WEST SERIES
Vintage transfer figures create violent action on rescued maps and handbills

State of Mind (Kansas)
vintage map, transfer figures
10 x 12"     framed   $350

Good Luck Bulldogs
vintage handbill,
transfer figures
14 x 11"   framed  $350

Ghost Horse at Porky's
vintage handbill, transfer figures
14 x 11"   framed  $350

Across the Straits
vintage map, transfer figures   10 x 8" framed  $350

Asia (no relief)
vintage map, transfer figures  8 x 10"  framed  $350

PIRAMIDES SERIES
transfer figures provide historical drama to geometric objects found in a vintage Spanish geometry workbook

Piramide Cuadrangular
vintage Spanish geometry workbook, transfer figures
9 x 7"   framed  $250

Piramide Truncada vintage Spanish geometry workbook, transfer figures 9 x 7"   framed  $250

Piramide Truncada
vintage Spanish geometry workbook, transfer figures
9 x 7"   framed  $250

Piramide Pentagonal
vintage Spanish geometry workbook, transfer figures
9 x 7"   framed  $250

Piramide Oblicua
vintage Spanish geometry workbook, transfer figures
9 x 7"   framed  $250

Piramide Heptagonal
vintage Spanish geometry workbook, transfer figures
9 x 7"   framed  $250

FOUND MONUMENTS SERIES
amazing imaginary monuments as might be found on the National Mall

War Costs
found plastic figures, rubber stamp, wood     $250

Hurricane Hula
found metal palm, plastic figures, frightened bananas     $300

Coming Soon
souvenir ashtray, clay dish made by Ossman, found words, figures   $300

Empty Words (for John Cage)
metal fencing, found paper stencils     $250

LOOK AT THAT!
found painting, sign, plastic figures     $250

Dracula's Heart
Transylvanian souvenir box, moss, Corazon card,  plastic figures    $250

Dracula's Jewel Box
wooden box, plastic heart, ants, figures     $250

Aliens vs The American Way of Life
action figures, nightlight, plastic people, milk bottle tops
NFS

POETRY
limited edition poems hand set and printed at Turkey Press (Harry & Sandra Reese)
Isla Vista, CA, early 1980's and other literary works.

Dept of Redundancy Dept.
 Unique stenciled doodle from Firesign Theatre writing session,
ca. 1971      12 x 20"      $450

The Third Mesa
handset letterpress on handmade paper
Turkey Press, Isla Vista, CA  early 1980's    14 x 20"      framed  $250  unframed $100

Hopi Holiday
hand set and printed by the author
 20 x 6"     framed  $250    unframed $100

Santa Fe Red
handset letterpress, inked by the author
Turkey Press, Isla Vista, CA  early 1980's
16 x 10"   framed  $350
unframed  $200

The Cats
broadside, Mudborn Press, Santa Barbara, 1985
17 x 11"  framed   $250

translations of Beaudelaire by David Ossman,
illustration by Michael Gonzales

Hopi Set
handset poetry on vintage photograph reproduction
18 x 28"  framed  $500   unframed $300

To purchase or inquire about David Ossman's work,
please contact the gallery at
800/858-5063.