Colton Waugh "Salesmen in the Sky" 1967

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Colton Waugh "Salesmen in the Sky" 1967

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Oil on canvas, "Salesman in the Sky" signed Coulton Waugh, 1967
36" by 22"

A send up on office culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Not only hilarious but also a visually stunning combination of vibrant colors and thick impasto. Stunning and important work. 

Frederick Coulton Waugh (1896 - 1973) was a cartoonist, painter, teacher and author, best known for his illustration work on the comic strip Dickie Dare and his book The Comics (1947), the first major study of the field.

His father was the marine artist Frederick Judd Waugh, and his grandfather was the Philadelphia portrait painter Samuel Waugh. Born in Cornwall, England, in 1896, in 1907 his family moved to the United States, and Waugh was enrolled at New York's Art Students League where he studied with George Bridgman, Frank Dumond and John Carlson.

By 1916 Coulton was employed as a textile designer. In 1921 he moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts where he operated a model ship and hooked rug shop for 11 years.

Waugh worked on the famous “Dickie Dare” comics for more than two decades (1933 - 1957). In 1945, he created “Hank” for groundbreaking NY newspaper "PM" that was also home to the photo-essays of Weegee.  

“The Comics” in 1947 he published the first reference on the history of comics, "The Comics." This tome was the first t serious examination of the medium and is considered a seminal moment in the history of art scholarship and ultimately the Pop Art movement of the 1960's. He also wrote a number of instructional books on cartooning and palette-knife painting. (He rarely if ever painted with a brush, preferring to use a knife only)

He is also well known for his hand drawn, decorated and often quite funny map. Notable maps include Provincetown of 1924, Cape Cod of 1926 and Newburgh, New York in 1958. His map of California of 1948 was a collaboration with his wife Odin Burvik (Mabel Burwick), a trailblazing female comic artist in her own right. 

During his life, his oil paintings were displayed at New York's Hudson Walker Gallery. His pieces are showcased at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute (International), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many other institutions.

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