Charles Vickery     1913-1998
The Man and His Work

Biography | Chicago Tribune  | In Memory

Interviewer: "Mr. Vickery, what is your best painting?"
Vickery: (smiling) "I haven't painted it yet."

Charles Vickery, a lifelong passion for the sea. "All the colors of water come from the sky because every color of the sky is reflected in that water. And the sky has all the colors of the rainbow in it."
"I became interested in seascapes right out of high school. I would haunt the galleries, marvel at the success of the pros - Frederick Waugh, Montague Dawson."
"Lake Michigan was a big source of instruction. Then I went to the East Coast and learned the same laws are in effect in the Atlantic. In my early 50's, I took a freighter trip to as far as Turkey. I got a lot of wild, stormy effects of the ocean."
"Many of the 19th century artists were a little too stiff. No sense of water. I don't know what marked the beginning of reality...maybe Winslow Homer."
"You have to greet the sea with love, and it will give it back to you."

In his lifetime, Charles Vickery saw his works grace the walls of galleries, embassies and private residences. He was praised by art critics, interviewed by the media, and called one of the best living painters of the sea.

Charles Vickery - his popularity continues. Vickery enjoyed recognition and adulation for his work. Some of the milestones of his flourishing career are narrated in our "master brochure." Since it's publication just a few years ago, many noteworthy events have occurred to make his work even more popular among the discerning collectors.

  • Recognized as the "finest seascape artist of our time" by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum
  • I.I. Percival, Director of the OMell Gallery in London, said that Mr. Vickery is "most definitely the best marine artist to come out of the United States"
  • Received honorary commission of Commander in the US Navy as an honored guest aboard the USS Pebble
  • Was an honored guest aboard the "Queen Mary"

A favorite of the news media.

  • WLS-Channel 7 Eyewitness News segment on "art buying" with Mr. Vickery featured prominently
  • Chicago Tribune Sunday edition feature story
  • Chicago Sun-Times Sunday edition feature story
  • U.S. Art magazine feature story on marine art and Mr. Vickery's contribution to it
  • Seaways magazine article
  • Guideposts magazine centerfold story

In honor of the passing of Charles Vickery

  • A collection of articles from local newspapers commemorating his passing.

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