Ernest Chiriacka

Image result for ernest chiriacka The most popular western artists today started as illustrators and moved on to becoming full-time artists later in their careers. Top artists such as Howard Terpning, Frank McCarthy, Olaf Wieghorst, Til Goodan, and Melvin Warren all started as illustrators producing work for magazines, pulp fiction book covers and  movie posters. Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth also did their fair share of work for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping. Some of the most endearing advertisements were created by the top artists in American in the early part of the last century known as “The Golden Era of Illustrators.”

Ernest Chiriacka was one such artist. Having attending many prestigious art schools he, like many other famous artists had to make a living. He attended The Art Institute of Chicago and was classmates with Norman Rockwell.

Chiriacka made his living by painting pulp fiction covers and pin-ups under assumed names in the 50‘s getting great recognition for his Esquire calendar pinups. This was the best time to be an illustrator and one could make a very good living if one did not mind working under demanding deadlines.

Chiriacka was born in 1913 to Greek immigrants. During World War II, he was one of a handful of illustrators who were not fighting in the European or Pacific theaters. He could not join because of preexisting health conditions. Therefore, he was in much demand.  He received his earliest training at the Grand Central School of Design under western illustrator Harvey Dunn. He illustrated many paperback covers and pin-ups up until 1965. He retired from commercial illustration after reading the account of "Wounded Knee" and began to concentrate on painting landscapes of the Old West. It's these paintings which have continued to attract appreciative collectors at fine art galleries around the world.

Chiriacka’s pieces do not come up for sale very often and are quickly acquired by collectors and museums.

Currently, we have three illustrations and three oil paintings in the gallery.

"You Can Go Anywhere"
18X24 Acrylic on Poster Board
Illustration from The Saturday Evening Post
16X20 Acrylic on Poster Board
Illustration Signed "Darcy"
22X22 Illustration on Poster Board.

Original Art

Original art is available in person or by calling 817-624-4242

"Geronimo at Rest"
30X40 Oil on Canvas


"Indian Study"
9X12 Oil on Board

"Mountain Man"
9X12 Oil on Board