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Virgil Thrasher (b. 1943)

Just out of college, Tim was in desperate need of something to hang on the walls that was better than his old “college days posters” held to the sheet rock with thumb tacks! Off to the frame store in Northgate Mall, Durham, North Carolina, where he discovered Virgil Thrasher’s silk lithographs. These two pieces have always been among his favorites, perhaps calling him to eventually live on the northern California Pacific coastline, a place he cherishes. Tim has prominently displayed these lithographs in every home in which he has lived.

Regrettably, little information can be found today about Virgil Thrasher as he was producing work prior to the internet and has no internet presence. Other than numerous photographs of his prints, very little can be found online about him or his work. At present, this is all that is known:

Virgil Thrasher was born in Sacramento, California in 1943. A self-taught artist, he exhibited for the first time in 1963 in Monterey, California, and he has shown in numerous California galleries since that time. A listing on Craigslist once noted: “Mr. Thrasher is a California artist that combines art painted on glass scenic background to give a neat dimensional effect.” This may have been a very early, starving artist “boardwalk” piece. Photos of this type of work can be found online.

Virgil Thrasher Printmaker, Ltd. filed numerous copyrights from 1982 – 1984 when he produced numerous limited run lithographs. No records are shown after that date.

Several auction references to Thrasher prints, most of which were numbered and appear to be scenes along the California coast, can be found on the Internet. Secondary market values range from $25.00 to $125.00. Internet art galleries ask $250.00 plus.

A Thrasher print has more decorative than collector value. Values would be higher in California and along coastal areas, the subject matter appealing to those decorating homes in these regions.

California Secretary Of State Business Registration
Virgil Thrasher/Printmaker, Ltd. is a California Corporation filed on September 10, 1981. The company’s filing status is listed as Dissolved and its File Number is C1089668.

The Registered Agent on file for this company was Virgil Thrasher who was located at 3399 Crestline Way, Soquel, CA, south of San Francisco – about half way between San Jose and Monterey. The company’s principal address was the same.

The company had one principal on record: Virgil Thrasher from Soquel CA.

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