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Raymond Pease (American, 1908-1991)

Birth Place: Vermont, USA

Biography:

Who was painter Raymond Pease?

Raymond Pease was an American illustrator and painter whose work helped define an entire generation thanks to its inclusion in Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, and The Saturday Evening Post. Pease didn’t just work for magazines, he was nearly as famous for his illustrations on paperback books, from pulpy westerns to non-fiction guides like The Hunting Dogs of America (1964). The latter of these led to an award from The Dog Writers Guild of America. His paintings are now cherished by the wider art community. He has been exhibited at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, and many others. He was a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists. His paintings are extremely popular with collectors of both animal and art of the American West.

What kind of art does Raymond Pease make?

Raymond Pease overwhelmingly made oil on canvas illustrations. These illustrations appeared in some of the most famous magazines of the 1940s, 1950s, and beyond, including Outdoor Life, Argosy, Adventure Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. His work was also extremely popular with book publishers and led to some of the most iconic paperback cover images of his day. While he did the majority of his work after the heyday of the pulps, his images found a broad audience in the Western genre and detective novels. Some of his most famous and expensive paintings at auction are associated with these cover images. His brooding use of shadow play, expressive faces, and sense of the moment have made his images extremely popular with collectors.

How did painter Raymond Pease get started?

Raymond (Ray) Pease was born in a small town in northern Vermont. From an early age, he enjoyed riding, hunting, and fishing -- all pursuits that would help later in his artistic subjects. Pease often cited a trip to his grandfather’s ranch out west as the birthplace of his love of the outdoors. He drew horses and cowboys constantly. After high school, Pease attended the Grand Art School, the National Academy of Design, and eventually received his BFA from the Yale School of Fine Arts. After some encouragement from his mentor, Harvey Dunn, he continued his studies at the Ecoles des Beaux Artes and the Academie Julian. Eventually, this technique led him to become one of the most in-demand commercial artists of the mid-20th century.

How much are Raymond Pease paintings worth?

Raymond Pease paintings are often worth anywhere from a few hundred dollars all the way up to almost $9,000. The highest price ever paid for a Raymond Pease painting is $8,960 for the piece Runaway Girl, paperback book cover (1952) which sold from Heritage Auctions on February 2nd, 2011. Heritage also has the honor of selling the second-highest selling Pease painting of all time Baby Sitter, paperback digest cover (1952) which sold for $5,980 on February 18th, 2010. Both sold for many times higher than their high estimate initially suggested, which means that buyers should be aware of the demand for Pease’s paintings in the future.

Where to buy Raymond Pease paintings for sale?

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How to value Raymond Pease paintings?

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