Tyrus Wong (1910 - 2016)
"Two Cowboys-Guns Drawn"
Pre-production opaque watercolor on illustration board
11" x 15"
Signed lower right
Provenance: estate of Dorrell McGowan (Hollywood producer,director, screenwriter)
Born in China, coming to America in 1920 with his father. Tyrus never saw his mother again. Living in poverty, but early on developing interest in art, he was chosen to receive a summer scholarship in 1928 to the Otis Art Institute, after a school official recognized his talent and made the arrangements. This lead to more scholarships, and the beginning of his art career. He married in 1937, and to survive the Great Depression, produced art for the W.P.A. Soon after, Tyrus began his long and illustrious career as a pre-production illustrator for the Hollywood movie industry. Famous for his contributions to "Bambi" for Disney Studio, he later worked for Warner Brothers, Republic Studios, and R.K.O. Movies he worked on over the decades starred Gene Autry, John Wayne, Paul Newman, William Holden, James Dean, and others. Movies such as "Sands of Iwo Jima", "The Fighting Kentuckian", "Aladdin", "Rebel Without a Cause", "Harper", "The Green Berets", "Around the World in 80 Days", and "The Wild Bunch"....to name a few! For Hallmark Cards he produced best selling greeting and Christmas cards, selling more than one million. And for Winfield Pottery he designed Asian themed products. Wong has exhibited nationwide, with his art included in many museum and private collections. Memories of his boyhood in China stirred an interest later in life, to create fantastic kites. He became internationally known for his kite creations, with some of them being one hundred feet long. Mr. Wong is a national treasure with over a century of life experience and history. Multiple awards have been given to film director Pamela Tom for her recent documentary "Tyrus". The film has been well received with sell out crowds across America, and internationally. Highly recommended.
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