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Event History :
- 2014 December Auction (PS $50,000)
Signed: 'Charlie Dye CA [artist's symbol],' l/r
Prior to becoming a nationally recognized illustrator, Charlie Dye was a cowboy and an integral part of scenes depicted in his paintings. Born in Canon City, Colorado, he worked on ranches in Colorado, Arizona and California. He always had an interest in art but didn’t look at it as a profession until following a riding accident. He enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy. He illustrated for many top magazines of the period including The Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, Outdoor Life and American Weekly. He was financially able to leave New York, return to the West and become a fine art painter. Along with several other western artists, he founded the Cowboy Artists of America and was awarded the gold medal in the medium of oil at the exhibition’s inaugural exhibition at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City (presently known as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum).