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 George Charney  (1907 - 1997)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: marine, landscape, still life

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George Charney was born in Chicago and only completed 6th grade. He was a self-taught artist, and architect. He loved antiques and in 1934 opened an antique store on Clark Street in Chicago. He worked weekends for Gordon Goodrich and his wife Dorothy, interior decorator, doing paintings in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area. He bought a home in Highland Park in 1937, which he later remodeled into a French chateau.

He made postal cards for Kirt Tyke. He was discovered by personnel from the "Chicago Daily Sun" and worked in their editorial art department and eventually headed that department.

He had skills retouching photos, sculpting maps and then photographing them for publications. Eventually the military took up this practice.

In 1944 he lived in the Alder House wing, which was built in 1928. In the mid 60's Marshall Fields bought the "Daily Sun", and the paper was dissolved. In 1963, George moved to California, where he bought a house on the beach near Santa Barbara. The family still owns the beach house. Over his lifetime, he remodeled over thirty houses. George's wife died in 1990.

He was a member of the Santa Barbara Artists. He painted many marine and ship pictures, which were sold to many eastern contacts. He loved the Oriental-subject paintings by Hovsep Pushman, and did some still-life paintings that resembled Pushman's work. He also liked and imitated painting by French artist, Daneille Bodine.

In addition to his own artwork, Charney was skillful at restoring paintings, and in this capacity did restoration for museums.


Submitted July 2004 by Terry Reuland. His source is George Charney, Jr., son of the artist.


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