1000: Western Original Oil Painting by Lester Hughes
Early Original Oil Painting by Lester Hughes. Signed left hand corner by Lester Hughes, from the Michaels Estate, purchased from Lester Hughes by the Michaels. Measures approx. 15 3/4 x 20 inches.
Over the next couple of auctions, we will be presenting a collection of Lester Hughes paintings from the Mike & Gladys Michaels Estate, formerly of El Paso TX. Gladys and her husband, past moguls of the El Paso Times were an avid supporter and collector of Lester Hughes Artwork. These are early works of Lester Hughes. These paintings were purchased directly from Lester Hughes by the Michaels. Lester Hughes is a self-taught artist. He paints imaginative landscapes of the Southwest, often featuring the majestic beauty of the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces, NM. Most of his paintings portray horse-back riding cowboys intent on their duties. President Ronald Reagan purchased over a dozen paintings by Hughes, and some of them hung in the White House during Reagan's tenure. President Regan's first Lester Hughes painting was of a Southwestern landscape with a dilapidated windmill and old shack, it was given to him during a campaign stop in Hughes hometown of El Paso TX.