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John Ford Clymer

January 29 1907 - November 2 1989

Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (Founding Student 1925)
Island Arts & Crafts Society
Royal Canadian Academy of Art (Associate 1935 - 1974)
Salmagundi Club (New York
The Society of Animal Artists (New York)

John Clymer was born in Ellensburg, Washington in 1907, the son of a gardener. He moved to Vancouver, B.C. where he was a founding student in the first year of classes at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts. The June 1926 school annual The Paint Box listed him as living at 1316 Walnut Street. One of his drawings from life class was illustrated on page 11 of the annual. He was listed in the next year's annual in 1927, but was not listed as a third year student the following year.


Illustration in The Paint Box Vol. 2

While he lived in Vancouver he provided illustrations to the Vancouver Province, did a mural for the B.C. Electric Railway Company depot, and illustrated a catalogue for David Spencer's department store, among various other commissions.

He received art instruction from a number of teachers, including Fred Varley, George Southwell, John Innes, and John Radford in Vancouver. He exhibited work with the Island Arts & Crafts Society in Victoria, B.C. in 1928.

In 1934 he was living in York Mills, Ontario. He took classes at the Ontario School of Art under J.W. Beatty in Toronto, who provided him with a studio to work in. He became an member elect of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1935, but did not become a full academician. He moved to the United States in 1957. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and painted a series of episodes from the Marine Corps history that were widely used and exhibited.

He painted more than 80 covers for the Saturday Evening Post between 1942 and 1963. In 1964 he gave up commercial work and spent his time painting North American game animals and scenes from Western history. The Clymer Museum was founded in Washington State to present his work.

Clymer received numerous awards and honors, including the Prix de West in 1976 from the national Academy of Western Art, as well as both gold and silver medals from the Cowboy Artists of America. He received the "Western Artist of the Year" award from the National Wildlife Art Collectors Society, and the Rungius Medal from the Wildlife of American West Art Museum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for his painting "Late Arrivals - Green River Rendezvous".

He died in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1989 at the age of 82.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1929 May 18 - June 8 BCSFA   21st Annual Exhibition The Immigrant
The Drifter
Portrait, G.H. Southwell

References

THE PAINT BOX, Annual of the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts
      June 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930.
      Contains articles, poems, lectures, list of students, class reports, illustrations of student work.
      See Places To Sketch and Composition from June 1926 and 1927 issues.

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

A BRUSH WITH THE WEST by Dale Burk
      1980; 136 pages; ISBN 0-87842-133-5; Mountain Press Publishing Company
      Illustrated in black and white, with colour plates
      Includes info on John Ford Clymer and works illustrated.

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)
      3 paintings listed in 1934 exhibition for Clymer.

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      Half page biography, partially based on letter from the artist in 1961.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      6 references cited for Clymer.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1928-29 (refer to DIR)

Clippings

John Clymer Known Here - Ex-City Illustrator Reaches Top by (unknown)
      Vancouver Province, February 14 1942


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