Ernest Chiriacka (American, 1913-2010) oil on canvas mounted on board, prairie scene depicting two Native Americans on horseback with another horse trailing. A campsite of teepees can be seen in the background right. Signed lower left "E. Chiriacka". Unframed. 12" H x 16" W. Biography: Ernest Chiriacka, artist, illustrator, and sculptor, was born Anastassios Kyriakakos in New York City of Greek ancestry. In the 1930s he studied art in NYC at the Mechanics Institute, the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, and the Grand Central School of Art. Chiriacka went on to a celebrated career as an magazine cover artist for publications including The Saturday Evening Post, American, Good Housekeeping, Liberty, Colliers, Esquire, Coronet and Cosmopolitan. He is best known for his pin-up paintings for Esquire Magazine Annual Calendars in the 1950s. He was also one of the top cover artists for paperback books. After his career in magazine illustration ended in the 1960s, he devoted much of his time to paintings of western scenes for exhibition in nationwide fine art galleries. (Biography courtesy ernestchiriacka.blogspot.com and Askart: the Artists' Bluebook). Condition: Very good condition. Light paint application to background of signature, a couple of small spots lacking the application of paint. Three small edge folds lower corners and at base.
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