Art dealer: Mark Blackburn (Collector, Dealer, Scholar – video interview)

An interview with Mark Blackburn, Art dealer extraordinaire!

Mark is one of those people who does so much that it’s hard to know where to even begin, over the years Mark has been a coin dealer, a rug dealer, a writer, a filmmaker, a scholar, an explorer, an explorers club chapter chair, a collector and of course an Art dealer!

Mark was gracious enough to agree to an interview over zoom where we talk about the various aspects of his professional life!

In addition to my interview, further down the page is an interview he did a while back with Dr. Mark Sublette from Medicine Man Gallery, one he did with Tribalmania’s Michael Auliso in 2009, an article written about him as a collector by Julia Porter Steele and After that there is a report of a lecture he gave to the Oceanic Art Society in Australia.

You can watch the whole video interview just below this text block

Further down the page, you can find a summary list of Mark’s books.

After that there is a link to the explorers club Hawaiian chapter website and a some information about his gallery and finally at the very bottom of the page is an image gallery.

I really do hope you enjoy this one! And who knows, there might be a part 2 in the future!


If the above player does not work, you can use this link

Other Interviews and media

Tribalmania’s Michael Auliso did an interview with Mark in 2009, you can read it via the link below:

2009 Interview with Mark Blackburn Polynesian Art Collector.

Mark also did a podcast with Dr. Mark Sublette from Medicine Man Gallery that you can listen to in the embedded video or via the link below:

Art Dealer Diaries Episode 19: Mark Blackburn with Dr. Mark Sublette

An interview about Mark Blackburn as a collector written by Julia Porter Steele can be found following the link below:

The interview can be found by clicking this link

Backup link in case the site changes or the link get’s taken down

A lecture done by Mark Blackburn reported on by Robin Hodgson for the Oceanic Art Society

The report can be found by clicking this link

Backup link in case the site changes or the link get’s taken down

Books and publications

Mark with noted Pacific specialist Dr. Adrienne Kaeppler.

Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art 2010

Writer : Adrienne Kaeppler
Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Hawaii Press (October 30, 2010)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1883528380
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1883528386

Oriental Rugs : The Secrets Revealed 2007

Written by : Mark Blackburn
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer Pub Ltd (June 29, 2007)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 255 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764326414
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764326417

Women Of Polynesia: 50 Years Of Postcard Views 1898-1948 2005

Written by : Mark Blackburn
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer Pub Ltd (March 9, 2005)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764321749
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764321740

Hawaiiana: The Best of Hawaiian Design 2001

Second edition
Written by : Mark Blackburn
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer; Revised & Expanded 2nd edition (February 9, 2001)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764312200
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764312205

Hawaiiana: The Best of Hawaiian Design 2000

First edition
Written by : Mark Blackburn
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer Pub Ltd (January 1, 2000)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764301098
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764301094

Surfs Up: Collecting the Longboard Era (A Schiffer Book for Collectors) 2001

Writer : Mark Blackburn
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer Pub Ltd (July 9, 2001)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 076431355X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764313554

Hula Heaven: The Queen’s Album 2001

Written by : Mark Blackburn
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer Publishing (April 30, 2001)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764313339
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764313332

Hula Girls & Surfer Boys 1870-1940  1999

Written by : Mark Blackburn
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer Pub Ltd (November 18, 1999)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 112 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764310429
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764310423

Tattoos from Paradise: Traditional Polynesian Patterns 1999

Written by : Mark Blackburn
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schiffer Pub Ltd (October 20, 1999)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 204 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764309412
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764309410

Explorers Club

Mark is one of the founding members of the The Explorers Club Hawai’i Chapter, and is currently serving as the chapter’s chairman.

More information about the The Explorers Club Hawai’i Chapter can be found by using the link below:

A video introducing some of its members can be found here:


Today Mark runs Art Blackburn as a private and online gallery from Marfa Texas, his website can be found here:

Art Blackburn’s Instagram can be viewed here

Image gallery

Art Dealer: Finette Lemaire from Gallery Lemaire & the Tribal art Fair Amsterdam

Finette Lemaire runs Gallery Lemaire and is the organizer of the Tribal art fair Amsterdam. In this short interview we talk a little bit about the history of the gallery, the history of the Tribal art Fair Amsterdam and the upcoming edition of the fair.

Or click here if the above video does not work

I would like to thank Finette for doing this interview with me, and I would like to encourage all of you to visit the upcoming fair.

For more information about the Tribal art Fair Amsterdam please visit:

The website of Gallery Lemaire can be found here:

Art dealer: Tribalmania’s Michael Auliso (video interview, show review & interview archive)

Michael Auliso is a former art dealer who until recently ran Tribalmania gallery. Not only is he well known for being a Tribal art dealer and participating in a lot of Tribal shows, he is also well known for having one of the first online tribal art gallery’s and for posting Tribal show reviews & interviews on his website:

(The show review and interview archive can be found by clicking here or scrolling down)

In 2022 Michael decided to close the gallery and in his own words:

“We are most grateful to all our customers and “Art Enthusiasts” for your loyal support.  I’ll miss you all as I pivot into a new career and journey”

Interior Tribalmania Gallery

I first came across Michael’s website “” around 2012 when I started this collecting adventure. At the time it was one of the few websites that not only had wonderful items but also prices listed… a rarity even today!

What kept me coming back again and again, year over year, were Michael’s remarkable show reviews and interviews, honest insider information that is sadly no longer available for new shows (unless we can convince Michael to become a writer for Tribal art Magazine?).

I cannot begin to explain how many times I read and reread those show reviews and interviews and how much they helped me. Not only did these pages show me the Tribal Shows to go to and where to find them, they also provided valuable insights into a world I was not accustomed to.

They also greatly increased my enthusiasm for this field and sparked a bit of Tribalmania in my mind, and for that I will be forever grateful.

After hearing that Michael was closing Tribalmania I asked him if he would allow me to save the Show reviews and interviews and republish an archive of them on this site, Michael generously agreed and allowed me to repost them on this site indefinitely! (they can be found lower down this page) And while I was in the “strike iron while it is hot” mode I asked him if he was willing to do an interview with me, and amazingly he agreed to that too! (probably my amazing Dutch to English e-mail writing skills that did the trick…or luck?)

Exterior Tribalmania Gallery

Interview with Michael Auliso

Below is an embedded video of the interview where Michael and I talk about Tribalmania, closing the gallery, Tribal art in general, the current market climate and much more! (There is a small chance you may notice my enthusiasm in this interview… please reread the paragraph that starts with “I cannot begin to explain” to understand my absolute professionalism in this matter)

If the above embedded interview is not visible, you can watch it on YouTube following this link:

Tribal show review and interview Archive

While running his gallery, Michael decided to start writing and taking pictures during tribal shows and openings. He also started interviewing other collectors, dealers and art professionals to produce a series of very informative interviews and Tribal show reviews that he has generously allowed me to republish here.

Unfortunately, some reviews have been lost to the sands of time, while some others are missing images and or second or third pages (they used to be separate pages).

If you have any of the missing reviews, pages, photographs or information for me to add, please email me at or message me on Facebook.

Julien’s Note: Phew! Adding all the show reviews and interviews was a lot more work than I was expecting, and I can only imagine how much work must have gone into making them! Thank you, Michael.

Tribalmania’s Tribal show reviews Archive

Tribalmania’s Tribal interview Archive

Tribalmania picture gallery

Art dealer: Billy Jamieson

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Billy (William) Jamieson (3 July 1954 – 3 July 2011) was a Canadian tribal art (Treasure and Antique’s) dealer and owner of Jamieson Tribal Art.

He famously purchased the contents of the Niagara Falls Museum and in the collection discovered the lost mummy of Pharaoh Ramses as well as an unbelievable cache of tribal artifacts and treasures.

He and his fiancée Jessica Lindsay Phillips  starred in the reality show Treasure Trader. A show that follows the couple hunting (and buying) rare treasures from around the globe.

Jessica Lindsay Philips continues to deal in Art and her website can be found here: domain and website

Perhaps you came to this page after typing and are now wondering how you ended up here?

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The William Jamieson Tribal Art website is still visible on the waybackmachine.

The Domain had been redirecting to an Asian advertising site for years. Earlier this year I noticed the website was down and the domain was for sale. I bought the domain name and decided to make this small tribute page. If anyone feels like they should own this domain name or perhaps think they have a better function for it: please email me at

Personal note

Treasure trader and Billy Jamieson opened my eyes to tribal art and showed me a world I was not accustomed to. This is the person that got me into collecting… a person I have never met and will never meet changed the direction and course of my life.. all I can say is thank you.


Books featuring interviews with Billy Jamieson

The Successful Rebel: Getting What You Want Without Losing Who You Are
by Tracey Cox and Melissa Ireland.

ISBN-13: 978-1425186548 ISBN-10: 1425186548

Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies
by Ginger Strand

ISBN-13 : 978-1416546566 ISBN-10 : 1416546561

Videos featuring Billy Jamieson

The show Treasure Trader is highly recommended and can be found on YouTube and other sources. For more information about Treasure Trader see IMDb:

A nice interview was done for tv with the reporter Minna Rhee. watch it below:

Image Gallery

Collector: James Thomas Hooper

James Thomas Hooper (1 September 1897 – 9 February 1971) was a British collector of ethnographic artifacts of the Inuit, Native American, Oceanic and African peoples in addition to being a writer and owner/curator of the Totems Museum.

Hooper was born in North Wraxall-Wiltshire in 1897 and began collecting in 1912 when his father gave him a native spear.He became an employee of the Thames Conservancy Board but collecting was his obsession. He scoured flea markets and small antique shops in rural England for items of interest as well as purchasing from auction houses, private museums and house sales. He also organised exchanges with other dealers and collectors such as William Ockelford Oldman and Kenneth Athol Webster.

At the height of his collecting in the 1950s, he was one of the top four collectors of pacific ethnographic material in the United Kingdom. Others included Kenneth Athol Webster and William Ockelford Oldman. Hooper’s interest in collecting this material was ethnological rather than aesthetic. Like Oldman, Hooper never left Great Britain to visit the cultures that created the material he enjoyed.

After his retirement, Hooper opened the Totems Museum in Arundel, Sussex, United Kingdom in a two-story building on the High Street. He ran this museum between 1957 and 1963. The ground-floor rooms were packed full of his ethnographic collection while he and his grandson, Steven Hooper, lived in the rooms above.The British Pathe newsreel film dated 9 December 1957 follows a couple visiting the Totems Museum. While the film gives little information when describing the treasures of the museum, close attention to the background and general shots of the interior of the museum give an excellent insight into the size, diversity and quality of Hooper’s collection.

In 1954, he co-authored the publication The Art of Primitive Peoples with Cottie Arthur Burland. In it, Hooper concentrates on the art of Polynesia, Melanesia, North Coast of America, Eskimo, West Africa and the Congo. His text is illustrated with 116 photographs of items from his collection taken by R.H. Bomback.Soon after the opening of the Totems Museum, he published a guide booklet titled The Totems Museum, High Street, Arundel, Sussex : exhibiting the Hooper Collection of primitive art from Africa, the Pacific islands, New Zealand and the Americas. This was also illustrated. The Hooper Collection was also documented through photography as Hooper allowed visitors and researchers to photograph his collections. Photographs of works from his collection can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hooper’s collection continued to be documented after his death in 1971. His collection was the subject of a book by his grandson Steven Phelps – now known as Steven Hooper. Art and Artifacts of the Pacific, Africa and the Americas: The James Hooper Collection was published in 1976 and featured 250 illustrations. Soon after this book was published, parts of the collection began to be auctioned by Christie’s. Between 1976 and 1982 there were at least six auctions of material from the James Hooper Collection. The auctions included African Art from the James Hooper Collection held on 14 July 1976 at Christie’s London,American Indian Art from the James Hooper Collection held on 9 Nov 1976 at Christie’s London,Hawaiian and Maori Art from the James Hooper Collection held on 21 June 1977 at Christie’s London, Melanesian and Polynesian Art from the James Hooper Collection held on 19 June 1979 at Christie’s London,Oceanic Art From the James Hooper Collection held on 17 June 1980 at Christie’s London. and Important Tribal Art held on 7 July 1982 at Christie’s London.

Books written by or featuring Thomas Hooper

Art and Artefacts of the Pacific,Africa and the Americas
The James Hooper Collection by Steven Phelps (now Steven Hooper)

London: Hutchinson, 1976.
487pp. 8 colour and 250 monochrome plates, numerous maps, biblio., index.
A total of 1927 pieces are catalogued; the Pacific, 1307 pieces; the Americas; 424 pieces; and Africa, 196 pieces.

ISBN-10: 0091250005
ISBN-13: 978-0091250003

The Art of Primitive Peoples. J. T. Hooper and C. A. Burland
Title: The Art of Primitive Peoples
Publisher: Fountain P
Publication Date: 1953
Binding: Hardcover

African Art from the James Hooper Collection 14 July 1976
48 Pages + 38 Pages with Full Page Illustrations and 139 Lots

American Indian Art from the James Hooper Collection 9 Nov 1976 at Christie’s London

Hawaiian and Maori Art from the James Hooper Collection 21 June 1977 at Christie’s London

Melanesian and Polynesian Art from the James Hooper Collection 19 June 1979 at Christie’s London

Oceanic Art From the James Hooper Collection 17 June 1980 at Christie’s London

Important Tribal Art held on 7 July 1982 at Christie’s London.

Provenance: Twelve Collectors of Ethnographic Art in England 1760-1990 Paperback – February 15, 2010
Author: Hermione Waterfield, Jonathan C. H. King
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing; New edition (September 8, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 190347096X
ISBN-13: 978-1903470961

Articles and advertisements


Art dealer: William Ockleford Oldman

William Ockleford Oldman (24 August 1879 – 30 June 1949) was a British collector and dealer of ethnographic art and European arms and armour. His business W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London was mostly active between the late 1890s and 1913.

Oldman purchased collections from various sources including items that were considered surplus from many small British museums. He produced a series of auction catalogues between 1901 and 1913 that were well illustrated with photographs and remain an important reference for collectors, subject experts and museums to this day. In addition to holding auctions he also reserved items for possible sale to private collectors and scholars. He maintained frequent correspondence with his network of collectors and he was often visited by museum professionals and scholars from institutions around the world. Oldman continued to deal in artifacts after 1913 but ceased to arrange auctions. Instead he sent out artefact lists to his contacts. These were also illustrated with photographs and were issued on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.

Ethnographic specimens with a provenance to Oldman’s business can be found in various public institutions around the world including the National Museum of the American Indian Pitt Rivers Museum, the British Museum and others. Items were either collected directly from Oldman or were part of donations from other significant collectors.

In addition to his business Oldman also had a substantial personal collection. His focus was on Oceania. Despite his particular interest in this area Oldman never travelled to the Pacific.

In June 1925 he married Dorothy K. Loney. In 1927 Oldman retired and created a private museum in his house at 43 Poynders Road, Clapham Park, London. The photographs of the interior of his house at this time show rooms packed with weapons, carvings, textiles, and weaving squeezed into every available space. Despite the bombing raids during World War II Oldman, his wife, and his collection remained in the house. All survived intact despite hits on houses in close proximity.

The catalogue of Polynesian and Maori items in Oldman’s private collection was published in sections in The Journal of the Polynesian Society based in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. On 13 August 1948 Oldman sold his private collection of Oceanic material to the New Zealand Government for some 44,000 pounds stirling. The New Zealand Government distributed the collection to various regional museums including the Dominion Museum, the Auckland Museum, Canterbury Museum, Otago Museum and various others on long term loan. In 1992 the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act was passed and the New Zealand Government, under section 26 of the act, transferred legal ownership and administration of the Oldman Collection to The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The collection remains distributed among the regional museums of New Zealand.

Less than a year later Oldman died on 30 June 1949. His widow sold the last of his stock to the British Museum in 1950 (Julien’s note, I am not sure if this last part is accurate: the source for this claim is Wikipedia)

Books and catalogs

There are many original prints and reprints , I am only listing original work or the bundled versions

William O. Oldman (1879-1949) – The Remarkable Collector
Author: Conru & Hales, 2016)

The Illustrated Catalogue Of Ethnographical Specimens, Oldman, W.O., London, 1904 (original)

The Illustrated Catalogue Of Ethnographical Specimens, Oldman, W.O., London, 1976 (reprint, limited to 1000 copies) Hardcover and softcover published by London: [Hales, Wilburg]

The books below also have originals, but these are the ones that you can generally find available.

The Oldman Collection Of Maori Artifacts. New Edition of Polynesian Society Memoir 14 (reprint) ISBN-10: 090894005X ISBN-13: 978-0908940059

The Oldman Collection Of Polynesian Artifacts New Edition of Polynesian Society Memoir 15 (reprint) ISBN 10: 0908940068 / ISBN 13: 9780908940066

Provenance: Twelve Collectors of Ethnographic Art in England 1760-1990
Author: Hermione Waterfield, Jonathan C. H. King, 2010

ISBN-10: 190347096X – ISBN-13: 978-1903470961


This film was edited using William Oldman’s personal 16mm print copy in April 2006.
Text and Music by Kevin Conru – Production By Alain Pierre

The video above is available on the following website



Oldmans ledgers are available online and can be found here:

William Ockleford Oldman Archive research materials, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.


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