321 Hell Among the Yearlin's

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This item SOLD at 2015 Apr 11 @ 16:31UTC-7 : PDT/MST
Category Western Americana
Auction Currency USD
Start Price NA
Estimated at 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD
Hell Among the Yearlin's
Artist: Phippen, GeorgeDate of Birth: 1915-1966
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 18 x 28 inches
Signed: Signed lower left and dated 58

With little formal education and no training in art at all apart from three months with Henry Balink in Santa Fe after World War II, George Phippen still somehow managed to parlay his intimate knowledge of how the West looked and felt into a contract to illustrate catalogues for Brown & Bigelow. Illustration was PhippenÕs way in and soon he was making a living painting and sculpting the American West. Phippen, the first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, once said, ÒThe art game, which includes illustrating, fine art, and cartooning is considered about the toughest business there is. I compare it with music, writing, and acting. They are mighty hard to get into but no job holds the freedom the arts do once you make the grade.Ó Hell Among the YearlinÕs is vintage Phippen. The young herd races pell mell down and up a steep draw, urged on by the cowboy and his mount, who slip and slide down the dusty bank, trying to maintain some sort of order. Things arenÕt going too badly yet, but the front of the herd appears to have a mind of its own, scampering off on a new heading.