John Clymer RCA
- Oil on Canvas (26x30 in)
(1907 - 1989) RCA
John Clymer was from Ellensburg, WA, born in 1907. At an early age John’s parents were aware of his special talent for art. In 1924, as a junior in high school, John made his first debut as a professional artist. Two carefully made pen and ink drawings were submitted to Colt Firearms Company, which were promptly bought. This was a tremendous starting point for him. Upon graduation, John moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where his uncle lived.
John’s days were spent working for mail order catalogues, nights he spent going to Vancouver’s art school, and in his free time he began working on oil paintings. For the next eight years, John continued with his education and his illustrations for several Canadian magazines. He also made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists.
In the fall of 1937, the Clymers moved to Westport, Connecticut, where he did many original paintings for Field and Stream, White Horse Scotch Whiskey, Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Saturday Evening Post. During WWII, John signed up for the Marine Corp and was assigned to the Leatherneck magazine – and later the Marine Corp Gazette - as an illustrator. John left the military in 1945 and began painting more covers for the Saturday Evening Post (approximately 90 covers between 1942-1962).
In 1970, the Clymers moved west to build their home in Teton Village in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In the winter months, Doris would research interesting things for John to paint. During the summer months the two of them would travel all over the Northwest visiting the Oregon Trail, Texas Bozeman Cattle Trail, and Lewis and Clark Country.
John Clymer has been recognized all over the world for his art and has received high honors and awards, including the Prix de West, Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the prestigious Rungius Medal. John Clymer passed away in 1989 in his home in Jackson Hole.