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Charles Beckendorf (1930-1996), "Rio Grande Turkey Gobbler", hand-colored watercolor lithograph, ed. 22/30, plate: 10.25 x 7", frame: 15.5 x 18.5"

Charles Beckendorf grew up in the small South Texas town of Mathis. After attaining a Fine Arts Degree at the University of Texas in Austin, Beckendorf and his family moved to Los Angeles, California where Beckendorf worked as an illustrator for Howard Hughes and Walt Disney. In the early 1960's, Beckendorf moved his family back to Texas and did illustrations for Texas Parks and Wildlife and Harry Jersig at Lone Star Beer. In the 1960's while living in Houston, Beckendorf introduced his pen and ink pointillism drawings as prints to the market and they became a huge success. Beckendorf moved to Fredericksburg, Texas in the mid 1960's and opened a small gallery on Main Street in 1971. Beckendorf was commissioned by the Houston Museum of Natural Science to paint a 13' high x 144' long mural of Africa for the African Hall, which took him almost six years to complete. In 1972 and 1973, Beckendorf rented the 100,000 square foot Astro Hall in Houston, Texas and held the largest "Artist and Art Dealers Market" ever known showcasing artists from Texas, other states in the United States, and many other countries. In the 1980's, Beckendorf published four large coffee table books of his paintings and drawings, titled "Images of Texas" and opened the largest one-artist gallery in the world at 16,000 square feet. He also published another book for the Texas Sesquicentennial in 1986, titled "Charles Beckendorf / Texas". Five-term Mayor of Houston, Texas, Kathy Whitmire proclaimed October 1, 1986 Charles Beckendorf Day. Beckendorf originals hung in Governor Ann Richards' office during her governorship from 1991 through 1995. Beckendorf published his sixth book titled "Charles Beckendorf Texas Wildlife" in 1992. Beckendorf was also chosen for two Texas non-game Stamp & Prints, American Kestrel in 1988 and Road Runners in 1995 and for the State of Texas Turkey Stamp & Print in 1995. Charles Beckendorf's art has been collected by prominent Texans and Texas families, as well as "those that wish they were" for decades.

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Charles Beckendorf (1930-1996), "Rio Grande Turkey",

Estimate $600 - $1,200
$3000 bids
Starting Price $300
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Auction Curated By:
Katy Alexander
Fine Art Specialist