Posts Tagged ‘book of mormon’

Artist of the moment…..Arnold Friberg…

Arnold Friberg was one of the best illustrators and painters of the western genre in American history. Arnold Friberg was born December 21 in the year 1913 in Winnetka, Illinois.

Friberg was granted the opportunity to illustrate the Book of Mormon. In this clip we visit some of these works. Friberg was baptized into the Church of Latter Day Saints when he was eight years old.

In addition to painting many religious works, Friberg was also a well known historical painter. In this clip we visit one of Friberg’s most famous works, the Prayer at Valley Forge featuring President George Washington. The painting was completed in 1975.

In this clip see many works by Friberg over his long career.

Arnold Friberg was also renown for  a series he painted featuring the life of the Royal Mounties. This was at a time period when many of the top magazines were outdoor men’s lifestyle, so he was able to gain deal of attention for these works. The artist is the only American given honorary  membership to the Canadian Mounties, he completed more than 200 of these paintings over his career for the Northwest Paper Company. Here is a link to his estate’s website featuring some of these works.

Friberg was given a lifelong membership to the Royal Academy of Arts based out of London, England.

Friberg was well known in the illustration world and received a great deal of attention for a series of paintings featuring the epic film The Ten Commandments.

The artist was able to start earning money from art when he was still teenager by working for a local sign company.

For his collegiate studies Friberg attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1940 Friberg went to New York and studied under Harvey Dunn. Dunn was a great illustrator of group scenes much in the same manner as contemporary artist Morgan Weistling. Dunn was based on the eastern coast of the United States but used the west and primarily South Dakota as a basis for much of western themed work. Below is an example of Dunn’s artistic style.




Friberg left New York for San Francisco in 1948. He was able to establish himself quickly in the commercial art field by illustrating calendars. He also married. Shortly after it was recommended the couple move to a drier climate for his wife’s health. The couple chose Utah and Friberg was even a professor at the University of Utah.

Another great moment for the artist’s commercial career was when auto maker Chevrolet chose Friberg to illustrate great moments in college football.

Friberg also won commissions for the original Las Vegas casino the Golden Nugget. These were western themed paintings featuring saloons.

Price range information: The artist worked mainly in oils and they range from $10,000 to $60,000.

Was also commissioned to print HRH and Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

Friberg was a wonderful artist and I make sure and see some of his paintings at least once every couple of months. Its amazing the detail the artists includes in the clothing of the Native American Indian.


Artist of the moment…..Russ Vickers…..

Do you enjoy western movies as I do. Actually I enjoy all movies!  Russ Vickers gained national attention for his paintings of the Old West that were featured in the  movie Chisum featuring John Wayne. Below is the opening credits from the movie and we get an opportunity to see many works from with both far away and close views.

Price range information:  Lithographs can be found for a few hundred dollars to $2000. Vickers was primarily an oil painter, and a prolific one, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $33,000.

Russ Vickers  is my favorite when it comes to seeing breath taking works of art on very small scales. The artist worked on large pieces but if you ever see his works in person its amazing the detail and the great compositions that the artist used in rendering this small majestic jewels of art. Great design and composition by the artist painting small groups of cowboys and indians in the heart of the American Old West.

Vickers was born to a horse trader in Paris, Texas in the year 1923.

Worked as an illustrator in the aerospace industry for twenty years. He was based out of Los Angeles, California.

Vickers was part of the marines in World War II. He was also a combat artist in the Korean War.

Do you remember answering those ads for correspondence courses where you could learn to draw? I remember entering one by drawing a landscape. Vickers passed the Famous Artists School Correspondence Course and soon after finishing began showing his works in Sedona, Arizona.

I encourage you if you visit Denver to travel to Boulder, Colorado and visit the Leaning Tree Museum of Western Art where you can see three of the artists magnificent small small paintings. They are incredible for the detail found in the landscape and the people. At the musuem it says the artist tried to finish three of these smaller scale studies in one month in addition to his paid illustration duties.


The Museum is located in Gunbarrell and you can see such famous artists as Vickers,  Wilson Hurley, Bob Kuhn, Larry Fanning, and Joseph LaRusso. Below is a great painting by another artist featured at this gallery, Arnold Friberg. Friberg illustrated the Book of Mormon. His works are also incredible for the detail and variety of textures found in trees and even clothing and moccasins. Friberg was also known for a series featuring the Western Mounties.




Vickers passed away in 1997 at the age of 74 years old.