Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

John Clymer (1907-1989)
John Clymer was born in Ellensburg, Washington in 1907 and died in 1989. He was a painter of Pacific Northwest game animals and history. At the age of thirteen years, Clymer enrolled in a correspondence course in art and four years later he sold two drawings to Colt Firearms. After graduation from high school, he moved to Canada and traveled through Alaska and the Yukon areas. While in Canada, he studied with Fred Varley and J. W. Beaty and exhibited his work. He spent 1930 at the Old Howard Pyle School in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was influenced by N. C. Wyeth. He returned to Canada where he was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. In 1936, he moved to Westport, Connecticut and studied with Harvey Dunn in New York City. He was in the Marine Corps with Tom Lovell during World War II and afterwards returned to commercial illustration that included ninety Saturday Evening Post covers. In 1964, Clymer began painting full time. Clymer was a member of the Cowboy Artists of America and the National Academy of Western Art.
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