Charles Schridde, renowned Western Artist and resident of Scottsdale, died May 15, he was 85. Charles Schridde grew up of humble means in Depression-era Michigan. As a child, he marveled at the excitement of small-town rodeos - an experience that would later serve as inspiration for his vibrant, kinetic paintings of cowboys and professional rodeo riders.
Winning scholarships for his artistic skill, Schridde studied at a number of formidable art schools and universities in his early career, among them the Chicago Art Institute, the Chicago Academy of Art, the American Academy of Art, DePauw University, and Illinois State University. A celebrated commercial illustrator, Schridde’s work appeared in many of the major publications of his time, including LIFE magazine and The Saturday Evening Post. He was one of Detroit’s top automobile photographers, producing ads for clients GM, Chrysler and Ford, and working with iconic figures such as actor Robert Redford, astronaut Chuck Yeager and auto entrepreneur John DeLorean.
Inspired by French Impressionists and the works of western artists Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell, Schridde spent the latter part of his career as a professional Artist, emerging as one of the art world’s most notable interpreters of the American West. A collection of his works was published in 2000 under the title Charles Schridde: Western Impressionism. He was also a member of the Scottsdale Artists League, a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance, and in 2010 was inducted into the prestigious group, “Western Artists of America”.
Schridde is survived by his children, Daniel and Melanie Schridde, his grandchildren Max, Miles and Olivia and Niece Karen Anderson. A private ceremony was held by the family
A public memorial will be held in Detroit this fall. Please check in again for more details.