1910 - 1982
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Robert E. Lougheed was born in Massey Ontario in 1910. Raised on a farm, he developed a passion for painting and drawing wildlife and domestic animals. He studied art at the Ontario College of Art, the École des Beaux Arts in Montreal and under Frank Dumond at the Art Student’s League.
Lougheed enjoyed a successful career as an illustrator, beginning at the Toronto Star when he was just nineteen. He produced illustrations for National Geographic, Readers Digest, Sports Afield, True, Argosy and Collier’s magazines. Lougheed also designed for commercial advertising and is noted for his creation of the well-recognised flying red horse logo for Mobil.
Lougheed undertook commission work including the design of the six cent buffalo stamp for the Wildlife Conservation Series for the US Post Office and an annual commission to paint the national field trial champion dog. For twenty years, he also painted horse breeds at a ranch in New Mexico for National Geographic.
Lougheed earned enough from his commercial work to fund travel and his art practice for six months each year. He applied Dumond’s training in plein air painting effectively, producing skillfully painted works that capture light, atmosphere and activity in the moment.
Lougheed helped form the National Academy of Western Art at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. He also taught and mentored many of todays finest wilderness artists. He was a member of the Society of Animal Artists and the prestigious Salamagundi Club of New York City.
Lougheed received numerous awards, including the Western Heritage Award in 1966, the Colt Firearms Award, gold medals from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1969 and 1972, gold and silver medals from the Cowboy Artists of America and awards from the National Academy of Western Art. His work is held many collections including the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Fine Arts Museum of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Museum, the Portland Museum and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.