James Reynolds: Native American oil painting

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James Reynolds: Native American oil painting
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Three Indian chiefs look over the plains. 32 1/2" x 22 1/2" This Reynolds piece comes to us directly from his first wife. Not signed. From his wife: "The oil painting of the Indian Chiefs was done in 1962-1963. With that painting he was experimenting with aging Masonite and used tempera paint. He was not completely satisfied with the way it turned out and did not sign it; we kept it in our home."

From his first wife: “I was married to James Reynolds from October 11, 1956 until February 13, 1966. Jim worked under contract to the studios as a sketch artist from 1957 to 1967. He worked mostly for 20th Century Fox, but also did some work for Disney, MG, etc. In 1965 Jim worked under John DeCuir, Art Director for 20th Century Fox, on the film Agony & Ecstasy on location in Italy.

We lived in Tujunga, California in a two-story rock house with a studio upstairs that had a north skylight. The three paintings you have were done there.

Early in our marriage we visited my family in Colorado. My family lived on a cattle ranch. This location was used as a back drop for pictures that were later used for painting templates. I rode my uncle’s cutting horse, walking, trotting, galloping and running making sharp turns and quick stops. We did this on the range land where the cattle were located. Jim took pictures of me on the horse and those pictures were used to formulate his first western paintings.

Jim painted several western style paintings upon our return from Colorado and took pictures of five of them which he sent to O’Brien’s Art Emporium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bill, from the Emporium, called and said to bring the paintings in. The Emporium took four out of the five and sold them. That was the beginning of his western painting career.” Dorothy Durocher
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