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Charles Wysocki - THE MEMORY MAKER -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Charles Wysocki

Original Retail Price $165.00
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Limited Edition of: 2400
Image Size: 28"w x 23 1/4"h.
Published: March 1989

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In the last century, few people could imagine the sophisticated art form photography would become. When "picture taking" was in its infancy, people nervously posed for the camera while the photographer hovered behind a wobbly tripod for minutes on end. The finished product was sometimes hardly worth the trouble. Yet a real artist, even in the early days of photography could capture the inner essence of his subject in a creation of true beauty. In "The Memory Maker," a traveling photographer displays his works on the side of his wagon and as we examine them, we sense that this is a man who truly knows his business.

This photographer and his family live a little like gypsies, moving from town to town. When they ride onto main street, he picks up his horn or megaphone and cries, "I'll take your picture! You or your children ! I'll pose them on or off donkeys!" You can guess, because he lives in a tent, his profession is not a lucrative one. He fishes in the nearby stream, not just because his hours are his own, but because he has to feed his family. Making a living selling one's artistic wares is not always easy, but there is a certain satisfaction that money can't buy.

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.


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