John Ford Clymer

John Ford Clymer

Nationality: American

John Ford Clymer fully immersed himself in the historic details that would accurately convey western narratives. Throughout his career as a highly successful illustrator for publications like the Saturday Evening Post, and later as an acclaimed member of the Cowboy Artists of America. Clymer developed an effective process for portraying the history of the American West accurately. First, he and his wife would painstakingly research the subject of the painting, down to the smallest details of setting, climate, and historic period. After completing their research, they would then travel to the proposed site for the painting to get a firsthand feeling of the area. That attention to historic detail and first hand observation of the actual environment is what gives paintings like The Raiding Party such power and believability.

Clymer's career in many ways parallels the development of the Art of the American West in the twentieth century. Born in the Pacific Northwest, he showed a natural talent for drawing at an early age and sold his first illustrations when he was only sixteen. Later he studied with some of the true luminaries of the great age of American illustration, including Harvey Dunn. At that time, most artists who depicted the history of the West did so in the employ of magazines and book publishers. Clymer became one of the most sought after in that field. By the early 1960s, western art collectors increasingly began to branch out from buying works by historic artists to seeking paintings by living artists. Encouraged by this emerging market for western art, Clymer left his career as an illustrator and turned his attention towards painting the history of the West on a full-time basis. He was asked to join the Cowboy Artists of America early in that organization's development and became one of its most celebrated members.


John Ford Clymer Original Art Values Sold at Auction

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JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989) The Raiding Party Oil on masonite 24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm) Signed lowe
JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989)The Raiding PartyOil on masonite24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)Signed lowe...
Lot 76051
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989) Glacier National Park, Saturday Evening Post cover, July 30, 1960 Oil on board
JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989)Glacier National Park, Saturday Evening Post cover, July 30, 1960Oil on board...
Lot 96062
Auction 7016
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
JOHN FORD CLYMER (American 1907 - 1989) Saturday Evening Post cover, August 29, 1959 Oil on board 33.5 x 26.5 in. Si
JOHN FORD CLYMER (American 1907 - 1989)Saturday Evening Post cover, August 29, 1959Oil on board33.5 x 26.5 in.Si...
Lot 87011
Auction 7005
Friday, March 13, 2009
John Ford Clymer (American, 1907-1989) Cavaliers at Table Oil on canvas 20 x 36 in. Signed lower right  Property
John Ford Clymer (American, 1907-1989)Cavaliers at TableOil on canvas20 x 36 in.Signed lower rightProperty...
Lot 71039
Auction 5327
Friday, October 13, 2017
John Ford Clymer (American, 1907-1989) Drying Nets, Mont Saint Pierre Oil on canvas 20 x 24 in. Signed lower right
John Ford Clymer (American, 1907-1989)Drying Nets, Mont Saint PierreOil on canvas20 x 24 in.Signed lower right...
Lot 71059
Auction 5291
Friday, May 12, 2017

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John Ford Clymer (American, 1907-1989) The Night Raiders, July 1924 Oil on canvas 16 x 48 in. Signed lower right ... (1)
John Ford Clymer (American, 1907-1989) The Night Raiders, July 1924 Oil on canvas 16 x 48 in. Signed lower right ... (1)

Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989) A Snowy Day, study Gouache on board 9.75 x 9 in. Signed lower right
JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989)A Snowy Day, studyGouache on board9.75 x 9 in.Signed lower right
Lot 78048
Auction 5052
Saturday, February 12, 2011

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