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Pirate Chest called Fourty Thieves by Don Maits
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Pirate Chest-Forty Thieves-Don Maitz-Toy Box


The Kelsey Pirate Chest is a small  toy chest with giclee canvas art prints on all 4 sides, combining great art and function. Each print has 3 coats of UV inhibitor to protect the art. The art is secured under exclusive licenses with world famous and well recognized artists. Dimensions 18” by 12” by 12” Weight 8.5 # Some assembly required. Easy to assemble in less than ten minutes *Giclee – An art curator term which denotes the highest quality printing process. The process is unlike ordinary printers. The pigments, not inks, are richer and produce a print that looks almost like the original painting. Most people have to look several times to see it is only a print. The original painting has to be scanned with a high resolution scanners, producing a digital file often several hundred megabytes in size so that every brush stroke is captured and then reproduced. The Kelsey Toybox™  is a small solid radiata pine chest that shows Don Maitz pirate prints  giclee printed on canvas - all four sides, a signature of Kelsey’s Collections chests  that combine great art and function.  Sized to fit under hearths - thus a hearth box for fireside use,  kindling, newspapers, or for collectibles, fly boxes, golf balls, paraphernalia. It is a “catchall” box, a dittee box, a quick clutter remover. 


Artist -  Don Maitz

Biography of Don Maitz

Over a thirty year career, Don Maitz has produced imaginative paintings that have amazed a worldwide audience. The iconic pirate character he created for Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is his most widely recognized work.

Most Maitz paintings present a story to viewers, who respond to the enticement and allure of the image. Use of design and color shape a mood, enhanced by details which combine to entertain the viewer, and engage them with the visual experience. Most works are painted with oil colors, in the painting techniques used by the old masters. Sometimes, experimentation and innovation give rise to unique applications of traditional media.


A native of Plainville, CT showed an early interest in drawing and received initial art training from the Famous Artist’s Correspondence School at age thirteen.

Maitz attended the Paier School of Art, Hamden, CT beginning in 1971 after taking evening figure study at the University of Hartford. Maitz was offered work in the comics industry but chose to remain at the Paier School graduating in 1975 at the top of his class. The school offered a fifth year study program where Maitz honed his portfolio and took additional figure classes. His instructors included: Ken Davies, noted still life and trompe l’ oeil painter, Rudolf Zallinger noted muralist and Time Life Books contributor, and Leonard Fisher fine artist and book illustrator, both of the latter honored by Pulitzer Prizes for their art. Student work in the portfolio Maitz produced at the Paier School of Art hung at the Society of Illustrators Student Exhibition and other paintings within this portfolio were soon reproduced by New York City publishing houses as book jackets and magazine covers. This precocious start led to over two hundred commissions from numerous book publishers, and a list of the most prestigious awards that recognize art in the industry.

In 1980 Maitz assisted in organizing and promoting the first group exhibition of fantastic art in an American art museum. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Painters exhibition held at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT opened February 24th 1980 to receive record crowds and an extended showing. The small museum boasts an impressive collection and was a favorite source of inspiration for Maitz as an emerging local artist.

In 1985 Maitz accepted a guest teaching position for two semesters at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. After returning to Connecticut and his publishing assignments, 1989 found Maitz back in Florida to marry Janny Wurts, author and artist, on Casey Key and in early 1990, the couple settled in Sarasota, Florida where they maintain their home and studio today.

Maitz’s amazing artwork can be found on book covers, in art book collections, in and on magazines and gracing licensed products. Original art can be found hanging at museums, and within private collections.

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