Russ Vickers (American 1923 - 1997) is one of the truly outstanding Western artists. Some of his paintings were shown at the beginning and ending credits of the movie, "Chisum" , starring John Wayne. There is one painting in particular that begins the movie - a lone horseman who was staring off into the land while under a sparse shady tree . It then switches to the film's first frame and same shot of John Wayne's character looking out towards his land.
Russ Vickers was a painter in realist or traditional style of western scenes. His work's subjects began with the Civil War and continued to the end of his lifetime. Born in Paris, Texas. His father was a horse trader. Russ served in the Marines in World War II and as a combat artist in the Korean war. With little formal education, he was a technical illustrator for the aerospace industry in Los Angeles, and painted western genre in his spare time. In 1970, he took the correspondence course from the Famous Artists School and began showing his paintings in Sedona. From 1973, he lived in Tempe, Arizona and dedicated himself to full-time painting.
Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Artist: Russ Vickers (American 1923 - 1997)
Title: "The River is Life"
Medium: Oil on Board.
Size: 4 by 6 inches; framed 14 1/2 by 16 1/2 inches.
Signed: Lower Right.
Condition: Painting and frame are in Very Good Condition.
Leanin’ Tree and Sculpture Garden of Western Art (Boulder, CO)
Phippen Art Museum (Prescott, AZ)
Sangre De Cristo Arts Center (Pueblo, CO)
High reported public price was $33,000. In April 2022 several paintings were sold for well above the high estimated price.
Russ Vickers is listed in the following publications:
"Contemporary Western Artists" by Peggy and Harold Samuels.
Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor) The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005 479
2005 Davenport, Ray Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition 2421
1997 Southwest Art Red Book Price Guide-1997 Western American Art 128
1993 Bowker R R Who's Who in American Art, 1993-1994, 20th Edition (American Federation of Arts) 1473
1993 Southwest Art Master Index 1971-1993 Artists in Southwest Art 64
1993 Southwest Art The Red Book Western American Price Index 126
1986 Jaques Cattell Press Who's Who in American Art-1986 1986 1292
1982 Dobbs, Joanne; Jerry A. Schefcik A Western American Vision of Art, History and Work Francis King Collection 52 Yes
1982 Samuels, Peggy and Harold Contemporary Western Artists 608
**Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera, the lighting and the background used.
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