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Michael Cassidy

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Michael Cassidy was born and raised in Solana Beach California, but has traveled and studied Western Cowboy and Native American cultures most of his life. Cassidy attended art school for 8 years at Palomar College and Long Beach State. Each year he travels to historical areas and small western museums to gain knowledge and collect source material for his artwork. Western art is all about storytelling and nothing captures the drama of the Old West like Western pulp fiction. Cassidy’s paintings vividly portray fictional, often sensational, versions of people, places, and historic events of the West.

I call these paintings “Western Pulp.” I like the look of the old Western “dime” novels, sometimes called pulp magazines, as well as early Western movie posters from the 1920s and ‘30s. These works are my idea of what the cover of a “dime” novel would look like on the scale of the old Western movie posters. I’ve used a few actual headers from those old magazines and combined them with earlier works of my own, originally produced in smaller formats. The story titles used in the paintings are real stories from those magazines, complete with their authors’ names. My works draw on these rich and varied sources. Where I live on the eastern side of the Cascade Range in Oregon, the cowboy life still exists. It’s called the “Oregon Outback.” The romance of the West is still here. Beauty, romance and adventure still exist if you take the backroads slow down and spend some time to soak it in.

                                                                                                                     - Michael Cassidy

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