(1906 - 1972)
Charlie Dye was active/lived in Arizona, Colorado. Charlie Dye is known for cowboy-western genre painting, magazine illustration.
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Born in Canon City, Colorado, Charlie Dye became a painter of western genre inspired by the painting of Charles Russell.
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childhood, he was a sketcher, but it wasn't until a horse fell on him
that he considered art as a career. In the hospital recovering
from his injuries, he saw reproductions of Russell's paintings in a
magazine, and that exposure set his career of portraying the lives of
Charlie Dye worked as a cowboy in Colorado,
Arizona, and California until he was 21 and then enrolled in Chicago at
the Art Institute and the American Academy. In 1936, he moved to
New York City to work as a magazine illustrator and took lessons from
Harvey Dunn, known as a great illustrator. He also worked with
Felix Schmidt in a commercial studio.
Dye was a successful illustrator in New York, doing assignments for Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, Outdoor Life and The American Weekly.
However, a trip to California alerted him to how little quality Western
art existed, and he soon began vacationing and painting in the West,
finally establishing a studio in Denver, Colorado and becoming a
partner in the Colorado Institute of Art.
Because of the wide
acceptance of his painting, he gave up teaching and illustrating and in
1960, moved to Sedona, Arizona, where he gained recognition for his oil
paintings of western scenes.
On June 23, 1965, he, Joe Beeler, John
Hampton along with George Phippen, organized the organization we now call The Cowboy Artists of America. George Phippen was its first and Charlie Dye the second
president. The group is devoted to the painting and sculpture
tradition of Charles Russell and Frederic Remington, and began with
artists who not only depicted cowboys but were working cowboys
Peggy and Harold Samuels, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
Exhibition Catalogues, Cowboy Artists of America
Files of the Phoenix Art Museum Library
Born: Canon City, Colorado 1906
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Died: Sedona, Arizona 1972
Traditional Western painter, illustrator.
Dye was born in a cow town and rode for ranches in Colorado, Arizona,
and California until he was 21. "I cannot recall a time when I
was not at home on horseback, or that I didn't portray the life I led
with pen and pencil."
During convalescence from a riding accident, he was influenced by
Russell reproductions to become a commercial artist. He painted
at night at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American
Academy. In 1936, he moved to New York City to become a magazine
illustrator, studying at night with Harvey Dunn. He painted
covers and illustrations for many of the major American publications.
His first Western easel paintings were successful. In 1960, he
moved to Sedona, Arizona. In 1964, Dye, Joe Beeler, and John
Hampton while on a roundup conceived the idea of the Cowboy Artists of
America, an association of professional artist who paint cowboys and
who are capable of working as cowboys. They, along with George Phippen, founded the organization on June 23, 1965 with Phippen serving as first president while Dye became the second
president of the Cowboy Artists of America: "I have always tried to
paint what I can remember of a life I led before I became dishonest and
studied art. My old man could have forgiven me if I had turned
out playing piano in a whore house, but artists rated one step below
pimps in his book."
SAMUELS' Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST,
Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing
Charlie Dye was born in Colorado and raised in the West. He moved
to Chicago to attend art school and began a successful illustrating and
painting career in New York. Over the years his art appeared on the
covers of almost every leading periodical of the day--Argosy, Outdoor Life, The Saturday Evening Post and many others.
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Charlie was a cowboy at heart and a very successful artist in the field he knew and loved best.
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