Art in Chuck's World
Chuck, his entire life was a form of extreme performance art that he was constantly
revising and improving.
Running, Skiing, Target Shooting, Bicycling, Motorcycling, Skydiving, Orienteering,
Rock Climbing, Archery, Paragliding, Coaching, Combat Engineering, Soldiering,
Reality TV Star
...these were his arts, and he mastered each one
with extraordinary skill and grace.
the rest of his family, he was surrounded by more traditional kinds of artists.
father, who called himself Lu (for his middle name, Luther), was an accomplished
artist, illustrator, wood carver, model maker and sculptor.
created a series of whitewater drawings based on photos taken during Chuck's paddling
trips. When he went to his various events, Chuck would bring copies of the art
and sell them to help raise money for his ambitious athletic endeavors.
of the most popular items Chuck brought to his races were copies of Lu's greatest
masterpiece: the "Viking Dragon Boat." This collection of illustrations
and handwritten text provide a complete education about the history and culture
of the Vikings, including meticulously rendered technical art depicting every
detail of an authentic Dragon Boat. The writing along the left-side border says,
"This boat was found in a burial mound in Gokstad, Norway in 1888. An exact
replica was built and sailed from Norway to Chicago for the Exposition in 1893
-- It handled perfectly." This actual boat is currently being restored to
its original glory in Geneva, Illinois, by Friends
of the Viking Ship.
of the Chicago Viking
Ship (from an email to Grady Lyda)
by Ralph Frese, who has
contributed to restoration efforts
have collected an enormous amount of info on the vessel and its journey. I have
a copy of a narrative one of the crewmen wrote afterwards and also some of Captain
Magnus Anderson's stories. There is a great report about when the crew was received
in New York City where they were treated to many banquets, etc. They had left
one such occasion when they were beset upon by some street thugs, and when the
police were called, they arrested the Norwegians instead of the street gang. The
crew did not show up at the next fete held for them and it took quite a while
for the hosts of the next event to track down what had happened and where they
were being held in jail. Well, it turned out that the street thugs were a bunch
of Italians who did not want Columbus' honor stripped by the Vikings' claim to
have arrived in America first, so they staged the brawl in collusion with the
was named for his maternal grandfather, Charles A. Wilimovsky, who was a noted
painter in the first half of the 20th Century. One of his paintings is stored
at the Louvre Museum, and some of his etchings can be found at the Smithsonian.
Chicago, Illinois, 1885
Died: Torrance, California, 1974
to Europe in 1913 to paint, returning to the United States in 1915, where he accepted
a position at the Kansas City Art Institute. Also painted in California,
Wisconsin, New Orleans, the Mexican Southwest Coast, and Taos, New Mexico. Attended
the Art Institute of Chicago, pupil of J.C. Johansen and William
Merritt Chase. Attended Academie Julian in Paris. Exhibited at the
Art Institute of Chicago from 1906 through 1947; Kansas City Art Institute, 1916-1923
with International exhibitions in Paris, Brussels, Rome and Florence. Taught at
the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 1920 at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Students: Ralph Goltry, 1884-1971, who was the founding member of the Phoenix
Art Guild, and Walter Alexander Bailey, 1894-1978, muralist and landscape painter.
Member: Alumni, Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Society of Etchers; Chicago
Society of Painters and Sculptors.
C.A. Wilimovsky Art
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even more art here: Wilimovsky
Chuck's younger brother, is an artist, writer, graphic designer, webmaster, and
semiconductor fabrication operator. Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1954, Grady grew
up in San Diego, and later in Newport Beach, California, where he attended Newport
Harbor High School. Most of his time has been spent in SoCal, but Grady has
also traveled to Rome, Milan, Florence, Madrid, Barcelona, Copenhagen, and Puerto
Vallarta. He has visited a month or more in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco,
Salt Lake City, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, and Hawaii. Today Grady lives in
Corona, California, with his wife, Celia, and daughter, Elora.
first professional illustration was published in the April 1975 issue of Galaxy
Magazine, and his first comic book story, Out of Space-Out of Time,
(later renamed The
Star Boundary) appeared in Star*Reach issue 6 (October 1976).
This was followed by his innovative Tempus
Fugit time travel series in Star*Reach issues 11, 13, 14, & 15.
and after the publication of these stories, Lyda continued as a freelance artist
for various companies. From 1978 to 1981, he worked for Hi-Point Enterprises/Spirit
Accessories, a fashion accessory wholesaler in Hollywood, producing advertising,
illustrations, catalogs and logos. The president of this company, Jerry Hasson,
went on to create the Magic Pizza Family Entertainment Center on Sepulveda
Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, California, a novelty restaurant with a fantasy/magic-themed
environment. From 1982 to 1984, Lyda served as principal artist for Magic Pizza
during the development and construction of the restaurant, designing its business
identity as well as advertisements, brochures, business cards, logos, interior
signage and posters.
also became a technical illustrator and graphic designer in the Defense &
Aerospace industry. In 1978, he joined Mercury Consolidated, a busy job
shop in Tustin, California, where he became an Art Department Supervisor and was
granted a Secret Clearance in 1979. There, he made pick-ups and bids for out-sourced
graphic design jobs from prime contractors such as McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed,
Hughes Aircraft, Rockwell International, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In
1993, he was hired by the Rockwell International Autonetics Division in
Anaheim where he worked in the Central Graphics Department generating manuals,
ads, posters, schematics, vugraphs, slides, and government proposals. He was laid-off
prior to the company's acquisition by Boeing in 1996. He went on to work in the
Creative Services Department of semiconductor manufacturer Conexant Systems
Inc., formerly Rockwell Semiconductor Systems. Later,
he was employed by Conexant's spin-off, Jazz Semiconductor (now TowerJazz),
a wafer foundry in Newport Beach. He also worked at the Disneyland Resort
in Anaheim for 9 months. Currently, Grady is back at TowerJazz,
this time as semiconductor Fab
Operator processing silicon wafers in a Class 4 Clean Room to make microchips
for electronic products. He also created a website, MasteringTheNet.com,
that is dedicated to helping everyone make money online.
Chuck's niece (Grady and Celia's daughter), is the next generation of artistic
pioneers in the Lyda family. Her amazing portfolio of graphic design projects,
videos, photos, and illustrations can be found here: EloraLyda
is a recent graduate of the Design | Media Arts program at UCLA.
Her beloved Uncle Chuck passed away on the same day as her college commencement
ceremonies. A strong believer in magic and the power of Disney, she is convinced
that dreams can come true (and is currently waiting for it to happen). A lover
of animation, movies, videogames, and all things cute, her enthusiasm gets the
better of her on many occasions, usually resulting in embarrassing situations.
She specializes in motion, film and illustration, which reflects her strong passion
for bringing things to life. However, she has dabbled in various fields such as
graphic design, web design and photography, and is willing to learn and pursue
any creative challenge that comes her way. In her downtime, Elora watches movies,
plays videogames, and daydreams constantly. She hopes to one day be the rich and
famous owner of a franchise popular enough to have its own crazed fans and cosplayers.
Elora worked at Disneyland for two years, and recently served as Creative Media
Manager at Roger's Gardens
in Corona del Mar, California. Currently, Elora is employed as an illustrator
and graphic designer at LOCUS