Chuck Ren, (1941-1995) was born in Ajo, Arizona, a small copper mining town. Growing up, Chuck used to copy from photographs in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, and also had an interest in the Old West, which would be a dominant subject in his later works.
Upon earning a degree in fine art from the University of Arizona, Chuck worked for Lockheed and the Computer Sciences Corporation as a technical artist. He then became a freelance illustrator, working on advertisments for companies such as Honda, as well as album covers and concept illustrations for films. He also produced works for the NHL, NASL and of course, the NFL.
Chuck did a large number of works for the NFL, starting in the late 1970's. Many illustrations were used in the NFL's official gameday program, Pro!, and he was also commissioned to paint the theme art for Super Bowl XIV. But Chuck's maybe best noted for the incredible series of team posters that he created and were produced by Damac Inc. Working under tight deadlines and a stringent criteria, Chuck's creations for the 28 NFL teams are a remarkable legacy to his sports art. Vibrant, striking, and beautifully designed paintings, the posters were a huge success worldwide. The success of the posters really pushed Chuck to the forefront of the NFL's finest illustrators, and rightly so.
As well as the NFL work and other projects, Chuck also worked on his Western Art, which was his real passion. Eventually giving up most of his freelance work, and after some very popular Western paintings had been released, Chuck concentrated almost full time on his depictions of the Old West. Researching the paintings was a labour of love for Chuck, and examples of authentic Western dress and other items for use in his paintings were something that he enjoyed acquiring. Chuck's paintings were released as prints, limited editions, collector plates and even sculptures, and are still highly popular today.
Sadly, Chuck passed away in 1995, but his legacy of beautifully crafted paintings still lives on, especially in his Western art. We hope this tribute helps keep the legacy of his equally wonderful football illustrations alive also.