Charles Wysocki portrays the joy of Early America. Whether he is
depicting a cozy New England bay or a busy Amish valley, the artist
mixes whimsy and warmth; his brush sets flags awave and spirits
soaring, and his paintings of quilting bees, clambakes, country
fairs, and one room schoolhouses of bygone days shine with gladness
Some things about Charles Wysocki's life can be anticipated. For
instance, he collected early American toys, tobacco tins, folk art,
clocks, crockery and books. High on the list of favorite places
are Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and all of New England. Other things
are a surprise. While he painted typically New England scenes, he
lived in California. Yet one only has to look at his work to understand
Born in Detroit in 1928, Wysocki enjoyed an active and happy boyhood,
which seems reflected in the spirit of his work. Since early childhood,
he had no other desire than to be an artist.
After two years in the Army, Wysocki headed west to the Art Center
School in Los Angeles, the city where he met his wife Elizabeth,
to whom he attributed much of his inspiration because she grew up
on a farm.
The aspects of her life that affected him were the basics: hard
work, personal closeness and contentment with life's "little things."
Wysocki added, "I hope my paintings revive pleasant thoughts of
a bygone era and express a semblance of order and serenity that
fills a need in this fast-changing world. I like to add a touch
of humor into my work. I see life on the lighter side, in much simpler
and more basic forms."
Wysocki's award-winning art is sought-after internationally and
has been published in two books, American Celebration and Heartland.
Charles Wysocki died July 29th, 2002 surrounded by loving family.
He will be missed by fans, his dealers and his family; he was a
pioneer in our industry.
artist's available pieces here.