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Paul Dyck Art Exhibition

Ken Zoll, Executive Director of the Center stated: “While most of our attention on Paul Dyck revolves around the phenomenal artifact collection that we were fortunate to receive from his family, we should not lose sight of the fact that he was a famous and accomplished artist.” While in southern Alberta, the family lived with the Blackfoot Tribe, a situation that began Paul’s life-long interest in the Plains Indian culture. During his lifetime, he lived among the Cheyenne, Blackfoot, Crow, Oto, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Zuni, Navajo, Hopi and Apache.

Paul’s family returned to Europe in 1921. Being descendants of Sir Anthony Van Dyck, his family decided that Paul was to train to be an artist. At age 12 he was sent to apprentice with his Uncle Johann van Skramlick, a well-known European portrait painter. At 15 he trained at the Munich Academy. Paul returned to New York in 1934, where he stayed for about three weeks, but then went to South Dakota to see his friend, One Elk, a Lakota Sioux holy man. Paul married One Elk’s daughter, Fawn. It was during his time living with the Sioux people that they gave him the name Rainbow Hand, an appropriate name for a person who created beautiful paintfont>

In 1935 Paul’s wife died in childbirth. In despair, he traveled by motorcycle throughout the West for the next several years, returning to the East in winter to do freelance illustration work. While he was travelling on his motorcycle he would make Indian sketches and sell them for 50 cents, or trade them for meals and other necessities. Paul settled in Rimrock in 1938. Using his earnings from advertising illustration work, he purchased a 312-acre ranch that had fallen into disrepair. He worked on the ranch until 1942, when he went into the Navy, returning to his ranch after World War II. He spent the rest of his life working the ranch, raising horses and planting crops, as well as painting in his studio on the ranch.

In 1953, Paul took up painting as a full-time career. He largely painted on board in the Old Master tradition or utilized the Japanese Sumi-e ink techniques, but he also worked with acrylics and watercolor. Paul became well-known as a painter and ultimately had 65 one-man exhibitions all over the country, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Tucson. In 1984, the Sedona Art Center held a retrospective show of his works. 

In 2016, the Paul Dyck Foundation Research Institute of American Indian Culture gave the Center three original paintings. One has been on display at the Center near the artifact collection. As part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, the family has graciously loaned three additional paintings for temporary display that will run through the month of March.

Paul Dyck mainly painted using either layered egg tempera on board, in the Old Master tradition, or else utilizes the Sumi-e ink techniques that were the province of the Japanese. His paintings are included in the collection of the Phoenix Art Museum, the Museum of Northern Arizona and Harmsen Collection, currently housed at the Tucson Museum of Art.

The three loaned paintings are available for sale. The paintings shown on the left from the top are:

1980 "Water Girl of Zuni" - 40 x 30 Sumi-e on board - Available

1988 "Sahuaro Forever" - 40 x 30 Sumi-e on board - Available

1963 "Sun Mountain" - 30 x 40 watercolor on board - Available

1988 "Toroweap Green – Short Creek" - 30 x 40 Sumi-e on board - Center Collection

1980 "Deer Hunter Dancer" - 40 x 30 Sumi-e on board - Center Collection

1988 "Black Range Verde Valley" - 30 x 40 Sumi-e on board - Center Collection

1979 Sweet Grass Horse" - 30 x 40 watercolor on board - SOLD during exhibit