Tom Lovell 1909 - 1997
A Native American finding a Raggedy Ann doll on a lonely western road. A man
teaching his blonde, gingham-dressed, settler wife how to shoot a rifle. A trio
of Indians warming their hands over the chimney of a snow-buried cabin in an
otherwise empty landscape. These are just three of the stories told through the
art of Tom Lovell, considered by his peers one of the deans of Western art.
But that’s not all. He was equally famous for his exciting and thought-
provoking illustrations for such magazines as Life, The Saturday Evening Post
and National Geographic—as well as his stirring images of sweeping Civil War
battles which were considered so definitive that they were telecast as part of
the famous Public Television documentary on the conflict and published in the
accompanying best-selling book.
Lovell was the first artist to win the National Academy of Western Art’s
highest honor, the Prix de West, twice. He was elected to the Society of
Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1974 and eventually named a Hall of Fame Laureate.
In 1992, he was honored by both the National Academy of Western Art and the
National Cowboy Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a
prestigious one-man retrospective show. He has left a lifetime of work that
will influence, impress and instill emotion for years to come.