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Author Lecture: "Tyree: Artist of the South Pacific" with CJ Cook

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Author Lecture:

Tyree: Artist of the South Pacific

Tyree  CJ Cook

With CJ Cook

Join us on Wednesday, December 12th for Tyree: Artist of the South Pacific with author CJ Cook. Learn more about American artist Ralph Burke Tyree who was one of the premier artists of the Tiki culture movement that swept the US in the 1960s. Hear about his prolific career and see examples of his art. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).

Ralph Burke Tyree was an American artist of the mid-twentieth century who had a prolific career painting scenes from the South Pacific. His love of the islands started as a marine posted to Samoa during WWII where he became the resident marine-based artist. After the war, he split his years between California and the Pacific, capturing the island people and the landscapes in oil on board and black velvet. He was one of the premier artists of the Tiki culture movement that swept the United States in the 1960s.

CJ Cook is an author and historian who has a long interest in the history of the South Pacific. He has written many articles including publishing biographical sketches on historical figures. Cook is a lifelong autograph and manuscript collector who has a special interest in art, poetry, and the South Pacific. He is a board member of a prominent manuscript association which is dedicated to preserving manuscripts, historical documents and the written word. He also is a collector of art and artists of the South Pacific including Ralph Burke Tyree, Edgar Leeteg, Edithe Beutler, Madge Tennent, Cece Rodriguez, and William Bloom. Some of the pieces illustrated in this biography are from the author’s collection. He has and continues to explore the Pacific including: Guam, Pohnpei, Truk, Palau, Bali, Tahiti and its surrounding islands, New Zealand, Australia and its Great Barrier Reef, Taiwan, and the Hawaiian Islands. The latter paradise he visits multiple times a year.

Tyree: Artist of the South Pacific has been awarded two gold awards, Best Biography and Best Cover, at the Independent Book and Publishers Association (IBPA).


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