Charles Wysocki
Nostalgic Artwork

Charles Wysocki's art is a celebration of the historical richness of the American past,
taking its inspiration from the pastoral moods of the small towns of New England and rural Pennsylvania.
As he said of his work: "I hope my paintings revive pleasant thoughts of order and security, much needed in this fast-paced world."

Born in 1928 in Detroit, Charles Wysocki began drawing and painting at a very young age. In 1953, he studied art in Los Angeles at the Art Center School of Design. After a brief return to Detroit to do commercial art, Wysocki returned to California permanently, to live and paint. He enjoyed living in the west, but traveled frequently to Bucks County, rural Maine and Cape Cod to revisit the scenes which continued to inspire him. Wysocki died in Los Angeles on July 29, 2002.  

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Churchyard Christmas

Smoke Creek Landing

Old Glory Farms

Bread and Butter Farms

Hawk River Hollow

I Hope Your Seas Are Calm

Imeralda Jaggers Hepzalilly and Cronies

Sweetheart Hotel

Hellraisers Passing the House of Seven Gables

Nantucket Winds

Rooster Express

Another Day at the Office

Virginia's Nest

Yarn Duty

Someday Carnegie Hall, or will it be
Yankee Stadium

All Burned Out

Ashley and Grimes

Supper Call

Burma Road

Catchin' Bugs

Birch Point Cove

Christmas Eve

Classic Tails

Checking in on Old Martha's Vineyard

Crickethawk Harbor

Elmer & Loretta Hangin' Out

Cocoa Break at the Copperfields

Gulls Nest

Home Sweet Home

Frederick the Literate

Jayson Sparkin' the Lighthouse Keepers Daughter


Ice Riders at Chesapeake Bay

Max in the Stacks

Monty Minding the Store

Lover's Waltz

Moonlight Passage

Olde Nantucket

Moonlight & Roses in Olde Maine

Plumbelly's Playground

Promises, Promises

Peppercricket Farms

Rally at Dandelion Mill

Remington the Well Read

Pumpkin Hollow

Santa's Coming to Town

Sea Captain's Wife Praying

Rootbeer Break at the Butterfields

So Proudly We Hail

Sunnyside Up

Small Town Christmas

There's A Right Way

The Paper Boys

Take Out Window

Toying with Dinner

Thinking About Horatio

The Red Whale Inn

Young Hearts at Sea

Too Pooped to Participate
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Charles' parents met at an ad agency in Los Angeles.  His mother (Elizabeth) had just graduated from UCLA as an art major.  She was working at this ad agency when she heard about a hotshot illustrator (Charles Wysocki) that was coming in to do some freelance work for them.  Well, when they met, it was love at first site.  His mother’s family was one of the firsts to settle in the San Fernando Valley.  His father was enamored by the simplicity of this farm life and wholesome values.  This was a major turning point for my father.  This influence is what started his whole primitive style that we all know and love.  Just think what would have happened if he would have met the wrong lady.  Yikes!  His parents were married three months after they met, in July 1960.  Don’t worry, their first child was not born for another five years.  This wasn’t a shotgun marriage.  During this time my parents made several trips to the East Coast.  They went antique shopping and visited places such as Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Boston, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.  At this time, commercial art was becoming a lot less interesting for Charles.

In 1972 his father started his relationship with AMCAL.  Together they published the first Americana Calendar.  It has been in production ever since.  AMCAL has been licensing his images on various products for close to 30 years.  Some of these products include: puzzles, collector plates, trivets, serving trays, popcorn tins, cards, sculptures, magnets, wallpaper, blankets, mugs, photo frames, stamps, and T-shirts to name a few.  Then in 1979, he published his first limited edition print “Fox Run” with The Greenwich Workshop.  He also traveled around the country and made personal appearances at galleries all over the United States.  He won many awards for his work including one he is most proud of, receiving the medal of honor from the National Society Daughter’s of the American Revolution, the society’s highest national honor.  Charles also published two books during this time, “An American Celebration” in 1985 and “Heartland” in 1993.  He also appeared in People magazine July 7, 1986, and was invited to the White House Independence Day celebration in 1981 (for which he did a painting that supposedly still hangs there).

In 1993 he went from working for two different publishers (AMCAL and The Greenwich Workshop) to just working for AMCAL.  His schedule was too stressful, and the deadlines too severe to really enjoy himself.  Being the perfectionist he is, his paintings never suffered, but he was working 15 hour days, six days a week.  Enough!  He published all his items through AMCAL, including his limited edition prints from 1994-1999.  During this five-year period he produced some of his most treasured pieces.  Four in the cat series (Mabel, Maggie, Max and Elmer and Loretta) as well as such pieces as Olde Bucks County, Hound of the Baskervilles, and the list goes on.