A fine oil painting in illustration style, depicting Native Americans and their tipis, interestingly superimposed with mountain men of the early West and their fortifications, 12" by 19 1/2", on board, (16 3/4" by 24 1/4" in distressed-style frame), signed at lower right by the noted Western American artist GUY DEEL (1933-2005). The work is titled on the reverse side "ROCKY MOUNTAINS", is signed there by the artist and dedicated to friends Jim and Janice (from whose estate the work was acquired).
The artist was born in north central Texas and was the son and grandson of cowboys; his ancestors homesteaded the area in 1887. By age 17 Deel already showed artistic talent, which was nurtured through an opportunity at a Dallas animation studio. In 1955 the artist graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He spent some time in New York working on recruiting posters, and while there was exposed to the New York illustration world, where he may have made connections that served him well later in life. Before long, Deel was hitting his stride, creating paintings to illustrate western paperback novel covers--it is thought, as many as 250 of them. These covers were for works by the likes of Louis L'Amour, Elmer Kelton, and Gary McCarthy. Deel was known to be a stickler for historical accuracy in his illustrations. He came to be a friend of Gene Autry, and today Deel's best known work, a colossal 130 foot mural, titled "Spirit of the West", adorns three walls at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angles. Late in life, Deel worked for Disney for a time. He died at the age of 72 in coastal Cambria, California. This work, in excellent condition, came directly from this collection of the friends of the artist in Glendale, CA. See in my shop a larger, vertical format work by Deel, that came from that same private collection.
GUY DEEL (1933-2005) fine contemporary western American art painting Indians and mountain men