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    GEORGE PHIPPEN (American, 1915-1966)
    American Quarter Horse
    10 x 10-1/2 x 5 inches (25.4 x 26.7 x 12.7 cm)
    Titled on base: American Quarter Horse

    Along with Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, and John Hampton, George Phippen was one of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America. Phippen grew up in rural Kansas, where he attended a one room schoolhouse for eight years. At the age of eighteen, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on projects throughout the country. He began to pursue a serious interest in art while in the army in World War II. He was a largely self taught, but studied under artist Henry Balink in New Mexico after the war. Of his lack of formal art training, he said, "I have had no schooling in art except what I got from friends, artists, and I've been mighty lucky to have had more friends than enemies."

    He also had the respect of his peers. He was the first president of the CAA, but unfortunately did not live to participate in the group's first exhibition at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City in 1966. He died of cancer, shortly before the show opened.

    Prior to devoting himself to being a full time artist, he worked as an illustrator for several western publications and publishers, as well as the Brown and Bigelow Calendar Company. He also worked as a ranch hand, horse trainer, and hunter. All of those experiences gave him first-hand knowledge of his favorite subject, the American Cowboy. While other artists focused on the historic West, Phippen specialized in depicting scenes of modern ranch and cowboy life.

    In 1961, he was commissioned by the King Ranch in Texas to sculpt a statue of the ranch's prize Quarter Horse, Wimpy. In 1941, Wimpy was named the grand champion at the Fort Worth Stock Show, an honor that afforded him the designation as the number one registrant in the newly established American Quarter Horse Association's National Stud Registry. In 1989, the horse was inducted into the Association's Hall of Fame. This sculpture is a smaller version of the original statue. It captures both the horse's natural beauty and stature (he stood 15 hands tall and weighed 1200 pounds) and his unique personality.

    Condition Report*: Minor scattered abrasions, particularly on horse's right flank; otherwise very good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    15th Saturday
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