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 August (Curley) Lenox  (1908 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: Texas/California/North Dakota      Known for: western scene, Indian figure and genre

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Submitted March 2004 by Ettore Ragone, friend of the artist, and written by Art World Security, Inc. Ingram, Texas.

Mr. August Lenox was born in 1908, in a sod house homestead on the plains of North Dakota (exact location unknown) and died December 6, 1986 in Hemet, California. As a young boy, he was fascinated by the adventures and lives of pirates and painted several scenes of them on canvases. He also wrote several stories about their lives. In the1950s, he worked for Walt Disney illustrating comic magazines for children.

Lenox became a permanent resident of the Texas Hill Country where he painted western subjects in oil of cowboys and Indians that are lean, tough men with grime dust and blood on them from a hard life working cattle and fighting on the open range-land.

He painted these true-to-life stories into his canvases because he lived them as part of the Chuck Wagon West. Now in his middle sixties, long gone from the Cow Camps, Lenox paints the passing scenes of our Wild West. While not anti-social this man was neither a mixer nor joiner but one of the real Cow Pokes of the open range Cow Camps. He painted western art based on a true story in every painting.

Lenox accompanied the Crow Indians on their annual Buffalo Hunt back in 1957 and rode with Ralph Iron and George Old Elf Jr. for eight days in the Big Horns above the Crow Agency in Montana. This experience inspired twenty large paintings showing the story of the Buffalo and their near extermination, at the hands of the white man.
Mrs. John Love, wife of the ex-Governor of Colorado, owns one of Lenox's original 24 X 30 oils.

A permanent Foundation has been established in Los Angeles to house several series of Lenox's Historical Paintings about the early West. The first of this series which includes the twenty large paintings that tell the tragic story of the great buffalo slaughter has been completed and hung. Other series are being painted at this time.

August Lenox served three and one-half years in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and painted battle scenes for the Navy. Many of these scenes were used for selling War Bonds. In 1955, Lenox won two first-place awards from the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation. These awards were voted on by members of 36 National Organizations with an aggregate membership of over thirty million. The Directors voted to recommend Lenox's art works to their member organizations. Lenox received a personal letter of thanks and congratulations from Hon. Charles Edison dated March 30, 1956. Mr. Lenox was also awarded a Maggie Award from the Motion Picture Industry.

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