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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.