This is Walnut Lake in Michigan. It’s around 5 a.m. because it’s important to get onto the lake while the fish are biting. This fishing shack supplies everything the angler would need for the day: bait, tackle, rods and you wish, sometimes, the fish!
This is a rare and beautiful limited edition numbered print that’s custom framed, 2750 were printed, of which this one is number 2382. It is 33″ Wide by 26″ high framed, called “Proud Little Angler” and is in excellent condition. Wysocki’s award-winning art is sought after internationally and has been published in two books, American Celebration and Heartland. This print was published in July of 1992.
About the artist, Charles Wysocki
Some things about Charles Wysocki’s life can be anticipated. For instance, he collects Early American toys, tobacco tins, folk art, clocks, crockery and books. High on the list of favorite places are Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard . . . and all of New England. Other things are a surprise: while he paints typically New England scenes, he lives in California. Yet one only has to look at his work to understand the person. Born in Detroit in 1928, Wysocki enjoyed an active and happy boyhood, which seems reflected in the spirit of his work. Since early childhood, he had no other desire than to be an artist. After two years in the Army, Wysocki headed west to the Art Center School in Los Angeles, the city where he met his wife Liz, to whom he attributes much of his inspiration because she grew up on a farm. The aspects of her life that affected him were the basics: hard work, personal closeness and contentment with life’s “little things.” Wysocki adds, “I hope my paintings revive pleasant thoughts of a bygone era and express a semblance of order and serenity that fills a need in this fast- changing world. I like to add a touch of humor into my work. I see life on the lighter side, in much simpler and more basic forms.” Wysocki’s award-winning art is sought-after internationally and has been published in two books, American Celebration and Heartland.
Wysocki’s enjoyment is obvious in the wealth of delightful details he has put into his newest limited edition fine art print. From the intricate tree bark, over the snow-capped mountain, across the roof shingles, past the thirteen-star flag, below the semicircle of birds on the wing, and to the classic. Woody, Wysocki’s artistry brings a charming family moment to life.
“My uncle would rent a rowboat for the day,” Wysocki recalls,” and the boat man would say, “You have number three,” or whatever number it was. I thought that instead of having boats with numbers, I would use canoes, because canoes are more romantic, and I’d put little symbols on them. So now the canoe man could say, ‘You have the star,’ or “You have the heart’.”
Wysocki also has the heart, which he shares with his avid group of collectors, and all anglers who have – or even wish they had – fond memories of fishing with their loved ones.
Charles Wysocki was born in 1928 in Detroit Michigan. From the time he was a little tot, he always wanted to be an artist. His father Charles Sr. was an immigrant from Poland who worked on the assembly line at Ford Motor Co. for over 35 years. His father was not thrilled about his artist aspirations. Most of his encouragement came from his mother Mary. She fully supported his artistic tendencies. My father went to high school at Cass Technical High School and focused on their art program. For a time he worked as an apprentice in Detroit art studios. Then Uncle Sam snatched him up.
Charles was drafted in 1950 during the Korean War. He should have been sent to Korea where he may have met his fate, but right before he was to be sent out, he was granted a leave of absence to visit his brother Harry who was very ill. After he returned to hook up with his unit, the powers that be said, “You’re going to Germany.” What a break for the old man! He was stationed in Hanau, West Germany from 1951-1952. After his two-year obligation in the Army he decided to trade in his rifle for a paintbrush.
After leaving the Army, Charles attended Art Center in Los Angeles (it is now in Pasadena) on the G.I. Bill. After completing his studies, and majoring in design and advertising illustration, Charles joined the staff of freelance artists at McNamera Brothers in Detroit in 1955. He lived at home with his parents during this time. Missing the West Coast, and not wanting to be, in his words, a “Momma’s Boy” Charles moved to Los Angeles in 1959. There he formed an advertising agency with three other artists called “Group West” and was very successful doing freelance commercial artwork. Some of his clients included General Tire, Unocal, Carnation, Chrysler, United California Bank, Otis elevator company, and Dow Chemical Co. to name a few. During this time he won numerous awards for his illustrative talents. Then he met my mother, and she unleashed the primitive artist that was buried within him.
This limited edition custom framed print is very unique and brings back old times and fond memories of fishing with loved ones. If you have a cabin in the woods, or just want the reminder of what life used to be on your office wall or cozy den, this print is for you.